For Students and Educators

The West Virginia Library Commission is dedicated to providing relevant and usefuleducational material on West Virginia's history, culture, and people to the state's educators, students and lifelong learners of any age. 

What We Offer

America's Story from America's Library

Created from the collections of the Library of Congress, this kid friendly website offers a fun learning experience for all.

Ask Us widget button Ask Us is a service offered by the State Library Services reference librarians to answer questions and fill the information needs of the West Virginia Legislature, state agencies and their employees, and the citizens of West Virginia.  Click on the "Ask Us" button to complete the form.

Book Awards and Reading Lists

  • West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award--Established in 1981 by teachers Joyce Lang and Patty Benedum, this program was administered through the West Virginia Children’s Book Award Committee until 2007. It is now hosted by the West Virginia Library Commission in partnership with the West Virginia Center for the Book and is located in Charleston, West Virginia.
  • Caldecott Medal and Honor Award--A complete listing of the Medal Award and Honor Books for the Caldecott Award.
  • Newbery Award--A complete listing of the Newbery Medal Awards.
  • Kids Reads
  • Teen Reads
  • PBS Teachers

Borrower's Card

State Library Services accepts online library card registration forms from West Virginia state employees.  To access the form, click on the link above.

Deposit and Rotating Collections

Deposit and Rotating Collections can expand your public or school library's offerings of new, expensive or emerging formats while also allowing your library to broaden its collections in special genres. With help from the Library Commission's collections and specialists, rotating and deposit collections are tailored to your library's specific needs. Have your School Media Specialist or local public library librarian contact us.

Federal Government Documents

State Library Services provides access to a circulating collection of federal government documents.  This collection focuses on military affairs, education, mining, and federal hearings.  The Library provides access to digital government documents as well through the GPO's Federal Digital System or FDsys.

Letters about Literature

Letters about Literature (LAL) is a national reading and writing promotion program for young readers sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and presented in partnership with participating affiliate state centers for the book/

Online Catalog

Search State Library Services and/or Archives and History Library, a Division of Culture and History, collections.

Online Databases and Resources

The West Virginia Library Commission subscribes to many electronic resources that can be used by educators and students.  Please contact your local public library or the Library Commission for access information.

Public Library Locator Map and Directory

Special Services Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

The Special Services Division provides books on tape, Braille books, and large print books to West Virginia's citizens with visual or physical impairments.

West Virginia Center for the Book

West Virginia Center for the Book was established in 2001 as an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.  Its mission is to promote and celebrate the State's rich literary heritage. 

The West Virginia Center for the Book brings the national Center’s message of the importance of books and reading to audiences statewide. The center actively works within West Virginia to highlight the unique literary heritage that abounds from the earliest story tellers to the recent novelists, the center celebrates all West Virginia writers and place related books. West Virginia Center for the Book sponsors book festivals, author readings and other events that celebrate books and libraries.

West Virginia Department of Education

In-State Toll Free: 1-800-642-9021

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