Services for Government
The Library Commission provides specialized services to employees and officials of Mississippi State government, including in-depth reference and research assistance and loan of materials from the agency's Primary Resource Library. State agency employees and officials are encouraged to contact Information Services staff for assistance with any question. The Commission will also borrow materials from other libraries at no cost for registered state agency employee’s job-related needs.
State agency employees may download an application for the Commission’s library card and return the completed in person or via fax. Registered state employees may also access the catalogs of other libraries in Mississippi through the Commission’s Primary Resource Library online catalog and place a request directly on the system. Select electronic resources in the Primary Resource library are also accessible remotely by registered state employees.
The Commission’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center supports entrepreneurial efforts of Mississippians and provides the specialized resources and training needed to conduct the prior art research necessary before applying for a patent or trademark. As required in the Mississippi Code, the agency also maintains an archival collection of state agency publications issued for distribution to the general public in the State Documents Depository Collection.
Agencies serving people with visual impairments, physical limitations or reading disabilities are eligible for digital or cassette, Braille, descriptive videos and DVD's, and specialized large print services through registration with the Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Services (BPHLS).
Access to MAGNOLIA, a collection of online resources funded by the Mississippi legislature, is also available from the Commission. Registered individual customers of the Commission may access selected databases from home or office.
The Commission actively seeks to cooperate with other state agencies and encourages others to contact agency staff to develop partnerships that assist state government and promote the information dissemination goals of libraries.
These services are partially funded under the federal Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Mississippi Library Commission for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.