Ask a Librarian
If you have questions about the library, librarians are happy to help you. You can Ask a Librarian
by visiting in person or phoning the reference desk for personal assistance. You may also contact us by instant message chat through our website. Look for the “Ask Us” logo. Our newest service is “Text a Librarian.” Text your questions to (304) 924-2058.
Borrowing and Renewing
At the State Library Services Library, the loan period for most material is 28-days. Materials may be renewed online through the online catalog
, by telephone, or in-person.
The Library Commission State Library Services Library handles interlibrary loan requests for state employees only. Citizens are asked to visit their local public library for this service. Use the library locator map
to find the closest public library.
State Library Services has reciprocal agreements with many other libraries. To request items from other libraries, use ILLiad. This service can be used for book and articles requests. Books are usually received in 4-7 days and articles, delivered electronically to the users’ ILLiad account, usually take 1-5 days.
State employees on the state Capitol Complex may may request items delivered to their offices. Use the courier delivery form
form to request these items.
Anyone in the state can get a library card with the Library Commission by completing the form
or emailing your name, address, and phone number to email@example.com
. You will receive your card in 4 to 7 business days by mail.
eJournals, eBooks, and Databases
The State Library Services Library provides access to print and electronic journals and a growing collection of e-books. E-journals and ebooks are listed in the online catalog and also in a searchable web page which provides live links to the online content.
More 30 research databases, covering all subject disciplines, are available from the web site.
Access to E-Resources
E-journals, eBooks, and databases are available via the library web site
from any location. You will be prompted to enter your Library Commission library card number to access the resources.
Online Library Catalog
The online library catalog
provides information about e-journals, e-books, print books, print journals, microform, government documents, and other types of research materials owned by the library.
Specialized sessions on how the library can assist in research is available for agencies or departments. Library instruction sessions are usually held in our training room and cover the library catalog, research databases, and web resources. Sessions can be tailored to the needs of each agency or department. Librarians are also available to visit your site for a guest session or to develop an online research guide (LibGuide) for your needs. Contact References Services
to make arrangements.
Librarians have developed a collection of online research guides
that focus on particular subject areas. The guides help researchers of all ages find academic sources for papers and projects. For a complete list, visit the Research Guides site
. Contact Reference Services
to request a new guide.
Suggesting New Books
Click here to suggest a book purchase
State Library Services Librarians offer individualized assistance by appointment
Facilities and Equipment
Computers and Internet
Desktop computers, with high speed internet, are available for your use. The computers include Microsoft Office for word processing, spreadsheets, and database creation. Use your Library Commission library card and password to logon to library computers.
WiFi is available in the State Library Services Library for those who want to use their own laptop computers, tablets, or other personal computing device. Ask at the Reference Desk for a username and password to access the WiFi.
Printing and Copying
Computer prints are free but limited to 25-pages per week. Additional printing is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Photocopies are free.
Location and Contact Information
|There are several ways to contact State Library Services with questions, including:
- Phone: (304) 558-2045
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Text: (304) 924-2058
- Twitter: @wvlc
- Ask Us service by clicking on the button on the right
|West Virginia Library Commission|
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Culture Center, Building 9
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: (304) 558-2045
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30a to 5:00p