Services for Libraries
A variety of specialized services are offered by the Commission to strengthen and enhance libraries and library services. The Administrative Services Bureau supports public libraries and multi-type library cooperative efforts through a grants program. The Development Services Bureau provides programs and assistance that enhances delivery of quality library service, including continuing education, library advocacy, consultation,a nd network support. Through MissIN, public libraries are able to offer Internet access to the general public.
The Library Services Bureau provides access to specialized resources and professional support to assist libraries in providing high quality service to their communities, regardless of their size or location.
Collection Management Services provides access to the Primary Resource Library’s online catalog which contains of a wide range of print and electronic resources selected to support public libraries and meet the needs of state government. Staff manage the specialized State Documents Depository Library Program, Federal Documents Collection, and the Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Professional staff also offer advice to libraries on cataloging rules and guidelines.
Information Services provides professional reference and interlibrary loan services assisting libraries to meet their users' needs beyond local resources. Libraries may submit any user’s question/query to staff for further research. Public access to materials in Mississippi's libraries is maximized through support for resource sharing. Staff also manage The Mississippi Center for the Book which promotes books, reading, libraries, and literacy in society.
Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Services (BPHLS) specializes in assisting libraries to serve the needs of individuals with visual impairments, physical limitations and reading disabilities. Materials in audio format and Braille are also available to libraries and institutions serving eligible individuals. Books available in special formats may be searched through the BPHLS online catalog.
MAGNOLIA, a statewide consortium, provides online research databases for publicly funded public, academic and K-12 libraries.
LearningExpress Library provides practice tests and tutorials on a variety of skills required for today's workforce. This online learning service is available on a statewide level to all citizens from any Internet connection.
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.