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Name: Hulen
Title: Executive Director
Organization: State of Mississippi
Address: Mississippi Library Commission
3881 Eastwood Dr
City: Jackson
State: MS
Zip Code: 39211
Phone: (601) 432-4038
Fax: (701) 328-2040 n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:
State Home Page:
Governor: Phil Bryant
Library Association:
Friends of the Library Association:
Trustee Association:
Other State Library Links:
      Friends of Libraries:


Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2011
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 2,967,297
Number of Public Libraries: 50 systems + 2 independent libraries (237 PL outlets)
Total Circulation: 8,649,791
Circulation Per Capita: 2.92
Total Library Operating Income: $49,299,407
Total Expenditures: $46,515,835
Expenditures per capita:$15.68
State Support:$8,611,207
Total Construction Funding:$2,527,088
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 20,204


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2012
Governance Structure: Five member governing board appointed by the Governor based on representation set forth in Mississippi Code of 1972 39-3-101
Library Legislation:
Mississippi Code of 1972 39-3-101; Mississippi Code of 1972 39-3-1; MS Administrative Code
Library Standards:
3-tiered system addressing governance, administration, funding, staffing, collections, services, patrons & community, and access. Public library systems must be accredited to receive state aid.
Allied and Other Special Operations:
Recorder of state publications; NLS Regional Library; Patent & Trademark Library; MS Center for the Book
Number of Service Outlets: One
Collections: Books and Serials; Talking Books, Braille, Descriptive Videos, Large Print Books; State and Federal Documents; Patents Depository Library.
Staff: 52, reduced to 49 in FY13
Income: $14,515,426
Expenditures: $13,578,652
Employment Opportunities:


LSTA Five Year Plan:
Other Relevant Links to State Library Publications:; The Reading; MS Children's Services Newsletter -'s_services
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