Arkansas State Library

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Arkansas State Library (est. 1979)[1] is a special library that operates as a state agency within Arkansas State Government. It provides information resources for state agencies, legislators and legislative staffs. In addition, the Arkansas State Library provides guidance and support for the development of local public libraries and library services. Finally, the ASL provides resources, services, and leadership for the educational, informational and cultural needs of Arkansas citizens.[2] The current Arkansas State Librarian is Carolyn Ashcraft.


The state legislature created the Arkansas Library Commission in 1935. Funding began in 1937.[3] The commission operated from headquarters in Little Rock. It loaned collections of books via postal mail, advised on acquisitions, and gave grants to new or expanding libraries. In 1979 the legislature replaced the commission with the newly established Arkansas State Library.[1]

General public[edit]

The Arkansas State Library offers various programs and services for the general public, including Arkansas Center for the Book,, Document Collection, Information about the Arkansas General Assembly (Legislators & Committees/Meetings & Events/Acts & Bill Status), Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; Information Services such as reference assistance and Ask a Librarian, Library Card registration, Online Catalog, assistance with Patents and Trademarks, Resource Assistance In Seeking Employment (R.A.I.S.E), social media (Facebook, Twitter); Newsletter, Public Library Directory, Summer Reading Program, and the Traveler Online Database Program.[4]

Librarians and trustees[edit]

The ASL provides librarians and library trustees with numerous services, such as the Arkansas Center for the Book, Bibilostat Collect and Bibliostat Connect Log-in, Federal & State Documents, E-rate Assistance for Public Libraries, Grant Information, ILL, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.[5]

State government employees and legislators[edit]

State government employees and legislators have access to the State Library's online databases, reference assistance, federal and state documents; and may benefit from using Inter-library Loan, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and overall information services.[6]

Teachers and students[edit]

Many services are offered for teachers and students, including America's Story from America's Library (Library of Congress for Kids), Arkansas Center for the Book, Arkansas Department of Education, Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids (K-2;3-5;9-12; Parents & Teachers), Book Awards & Reading Lists, and Letters about Literature.[7]

Library for the blind and physically handicapped[edit]

The Arkansas Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is part of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) network and the Arkansas State Library. Arkansas citizens unable to use regular print material may borrow popular books and magazines in recorded or Braille format free of charge.[8]

Reference and online resources[edit]

Information Services (formerly known as State Library Services) at the Arkansas State Library was established in 1979 to help provide reference services, access to printed and/or electronic materials and to online information including social media along with work-related Interlibrary Loan services to state agencies and the state legislature. The State Library provides free library cards for use by the citizens of Arkansas.[9]


  1. ^ a b "History of Agency". Arkansas State Library. State of Arkansas. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "ASL: Home". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  3. ^ Leta Sowder; et al. (1947). "Work of the State Library Commission 1937-1947". Arkansas Historical Quarterly. 6 (4). JSTOR 40027476. 
  4. ^ "ASL: General Public". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  5. ^ "ASL: Librarians/Trustees". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  6. ^ "ASL: State Government Employees & Legislators". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  7. ^ "ASL: Teachers/Students". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  8. ^ "ASL: Home". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  9. ^ "ASL: Home". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 

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Coordinates: 34°44′44″N 92°16′47″W / 34.745522°N 92.27972209°W / 34.745522; -92.27972209