Reference, Circulation, and Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL)
Reference and research services are available to all types of libraries, state employees, and the general public. Reference staff can provide assistance to libraries to meet the information needs of their customers, to state employees seeking job-related assistance, or to the general public seeking information on a variety of topics.
Besides the print collection, reference staff utilize subscriptions to specialized online resources in researching requests. These resources are accessible to users within the Library Commission premises.
If you would like to submit a reference request, please contact us via email, phone, or fax. You can also ask a question via online chat by visiting our blog, or by entering text into the chat box on this page.
Toll Free: 1-877-KWIK-REF (1-877-594-5733)
The Commission's library is open to the general public. Anyone aged 17 and older may visit the library to use materials, do research with our reference collection, or simply use the library as a quiet place to study. Children and youth age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
For state employees:
State employees may visit the library in order to get a library card, or may fill out their applications and fax or mail them in.
For the general public:
Residents age 17 and older who are in good standing with their local public library are eligible to register for a Mississippi Library Commission library card. Applications from members of the general public must be returned in person and the individual must show a valid Mississippi public library card and another form of photo identification. Once issued, the Mississippi Library Commission library card enables users in good standing to check out circulating materials from the Commission's Primary Resource Library in person. Materials borrowed in person must be returned directly to the Commission.
Interlibrary Loan Services
For state employees: For state employees and government officials needing materials not found in the Commission's collection, staff will search for and borrow materials from other libraries through interlibrary library loan.
- Interlibrary Loan of materials within the collection is available to all types of libraries at no charge. With few exceptions, materials in the Library Commission's Resource Library collection are available for direct loan to libraries.
- Libraries must have a registration form on file to borrow materials.
- Depending upon the type of material, loan periods are either three or six weeks.
- Requests for renewal are honored when possible. Photocopied materials (i.e. periodical articles, copies from reference materials, etc.) are limited to 30 pages from any one source within copyright restrictions. Such copied material is provided free of charge and becomes the property of the requesting library.
- Special extended loan of large print books are available to Mississippi libraries to enhance local services to the visually impaired.
- The Commission participates as a lender in the OCLC ILL System and in the Mississippi Statewide Virtual Union Catalog and ILL System.
- Libraries may also submit requests via telephone, fax, mail, and email.
- A downloadable, generic ILL request form is also available for submitting mail and fax requests.
Large Print Services
- Large Print Direct Mail Service to Eligible Individuals
The agency offers direct loan by mail of large print books to individuals certified as unable to read standard print. To be eligible for this service, individuals must first be registered patrons of the Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Services. Patrons of the Large Print Direct Mail Service may select titles from specially produced catalogs and have large print books mailed directly to their home. Institutions such as schools, group care centers, and nursing homes may also register as Institutional patrons for this service. Materials are returned free of charge by the U.S. Post Office under "Free Matter for the Blind and Physically handicapped."
- Large Print Extended Loan Service to Libraries
The agency's large print collection contains thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles. New large print materials are available individually for six-week loan. Mississippi libraries may request older titles in a batch to supplement local collections. These "extended loan" titles are loaned for six months. Large print materials may be shipped between libraries free of charge through the U.S. Postal Service as "Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped."
If you have questions regarding Interlibrary Loan services, contact:
Curtis Sene Chatman, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
Toll Free: 1-800-MISSLIB (1-800-647-7542)