List of U.S. state libraries and archives

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In the United States of America, state library agencies established in each state have long been a catalyst for a great deal of the motivation for public library cooperation. This has been since the founding of the movement, starting in 1890 when Massachusetts created a state Board of Library Commissioners charged to help communities establish and improve public libraries.[1] Over the years, state library agencies played a major role in encouraging larger units of service to provide library resources. The Library Services Act (1956) and the Library Services and Construction Act (1964) were keystones in the goal of providing library service throughout the nation.[2]

In addition, many of the 50 states have state archives similar to the federal National Archives and Records Administration to keep records relating to information on state laws, census information, etc.[3][4]

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State Library Website Archives (if separate)
 Alabama Alabama Public Library Service Alabama Public Library Service Alabama Department of Archives and History
 Alaska Alaska State Library Alaska State Archives
 Arizona Arizona State Library Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
 Arkansas Arkansas State Library Arkansas History Commission
 California California State Library California State Archives[5]
 Colorado Colorado State Library Colorado State Library and Adult Education Office Colorado State Archives
 Connecticut Connecticut State Library Connecticut State Archives (part of the State Library)
 Delaware Delaware Division of Libraries Delaware Division of Libraries Delaware Public Archives
 Florida Florida State Library State Library and Archives of Florida
 Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Public Library Services Georgia Public Library Services Georgia Archives
 Hawaii Hawaii State Library Hawaii State Archives
 Idaho Idaho Commission for Libraries Idaho State Historical Society Library and Archives
 Illinois Illinois State Library Illinois State Library Illinois State Archives
 Indiana Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau
 Iowa State Library of Iowa State Library of Iowa State Historical Society of Iowa, Archives and Records Program
 Kansas State Library of Kansas Kansas Historical Society
 Kentucky Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
 Louisiana State Library of Louisiana State Library of Louisiana Louisiana State Archive and Research Library
 Maine Maine State Library Maine State Library Maine State Archive
 Maryland Sailor (information network) Sailor: Maryland's Public Information Network Maryland State Archives
 Massachusetts State Library of Massachusetts Massachusetts Archives
 Michigan Library of Michigan Archives of Michigan
 Minnesota Minnesota State Law Library Minnesota Historical Society
 Mississippi Mississippi Library Commission Mississippi Library Commission Mississippi Department of Archives and History
 Missouri Missouri State Library Missouri State Library Missouri State Archives
 Montana Montana State Library Montana State Library Montana Historical Society Library and Archives
 Nebraska Nebraska Library Commission Library/Archives Division of the Nebraska State Historical Society
 Nevada Nevada State Library and Archives Nevada State Library and Archives
 New Hampshire New Hampshire State Library New Hampshire State Library New Hampshire Division of Archives and Records Management
 New Jersey New Jersey State Library New Jersey State Archives
 New Mexico New Mexico State Library New Mexico State Library New Mexico State Record Center and Archives
 New York New York State Library New York State Archives
 North Carolina State Library of North Carolina State Archives of North Carolina
 North Dakota North Dakota State Library North Dakota State Archives
 Ohio State Library of Ohio Ohio Historic Society Archives and Library
 Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Libraries Oklahoma State Archives and Records Management
 Oregon Oregon State Library Oregon State Archives
 Pennsylvania State Library of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Archives
 Rhode Island Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services Rhode Island State Archives
 South Carolina South Carolina State Library South Carolina State Library South Carolina Department of Archives and History
 South Dakota South Dakota State Library South Dakota State Library South Dakota State Archives
 Tennessee Tennessee State Library and Archives
 Texas Texas State Library and Archives Commission
 Utah Utah State Library Utah State Library Utah State Archives
 Vermont Vermont Department of Libraries Vermont Department of Libraries Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
 Virginia Library of Virginia Library of Virginia
 Washington Washington State Library Washington State Library Washington State Archives
 West Virginia West Virginia Library Commission West Virginia Library Commission West Virginia Archives and History
 Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning Wisconsin State Historical Society Archives
 Wyoming Wyoming State Library Wyoming State Library Wyoming State Archives

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCook, Kathleen de la Peña (2011). Introduction to Public Librarianship. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. p. 38-39. ISBN 978-1-55570-697-5. 
  2. ^ McCook, Kathleen de la Peña (2011). Introduction to Public Librarianship. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. p. 289-296. ISBN 978-1-55570-697-5. 
  3. ^ "State Archives list from National Archives". Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "State libraries list". Publiclibraries.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "California State Archives". California Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 

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