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Name: Karen
Title: Secretary
Organization: State of West Virginia
Address: Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd E
City: Charleston
State: WV
Zip Code: 25305
Phone: (304) 558-2041
Fax: (304) 558-2044 n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:
State Home Page:
Governor: Jim Justice
Library Association:
Friends of the Library Association: None Available
Trustee Association: None Available
Other State Library Links:


Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2013
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 1,852,994
Number of Public Libraries: 172
Total Circulation: 6,415,376
Circulation Per Capita: 3.46
Total Library Operating Income: $38,323,289
Total Expenditures: $34,739,541
Expenditures per capita:$18.74
State Support:$10,791,534
Total Construction Funding:Construction Only NA
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 117,203


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2013
Governance Structure: THe West Virginia Library Commission is an independent agency in the Executive Branch of state government. A Commission of 9 citizens appointed by the Governor. The Commissioners select a Secretary, "trained in modern library methods" who serves at the will of the collective Commission. The Library Commission is one of the aqencies in the Cabinet level Department of Education and the Arts. Currently the agency is organized into five major departments: Administrative Services; Library Development Services; Network Services; Special Services; and State Library Services.
Library Legislation:
WV Code; Chapter 6, Articles 9A; "Sunshine Law" ( target=blank> target=blank> ublications/chapter6.pdf) WV Code; Chapter 10, Public Libraries ( ublications/chapter10.pdf) WVLC Administrative Rules ( ublications/adminrule.pdf)
Library Standards:

Allied and Other Special Operations:
The agency is a U.S. Government Document Depository Library, a National Library Services subregional library, and a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It does not have responsibility for archives or public records.
Number of Service Outlets: One
Employment Opportunities:


LSTA Five Year Plan:
Other Relevant Links to State Library Publications:

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