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In the United States, each state supports a state library supporting the work of the legislature and other state employees. The library typically maintains a collection of state publications, works by local authors, and local publications, such as newsletters. State libraries serve as the State Library Administrative Agencies, the official agencies charged by law with the extension and development of library services under the Grants to States program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). They are located in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories (Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Freely Associated States (Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands).
Chief Officers of State Library Agencies
The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) is an independent organization of the chief officers of state and territorial agencies designated as the state library administrative agency and responsible for statewide library development.
Directory of State Libraries
Compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, this directory lists the 50 state libraries.
The Functions and Roles of State Library Agencies by
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Publisher description: The Functions and Roles of State Library Agencies examines both the common and uncommon services that state library agencies provide and illuminates emerging trends in state library practice.