The 10 Best Libraries in Mississippi!

Libraries remain as the ultimate communal space. Whether you’re interested in combing through stacks of classic novels, need a quiet space to study, or want to get involved in local community activities, you can find it all at the charming libraries of Mississippi. Here are the 10 best in the state! 

1. Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State, MS

You don’t have to be a student to take advantage of all Mississippi State University Library has to offer. Students, faculty, and off-campus visitors alike love the variety of workshops and exhibits the library hosts, as well as the huge selection of resources and books. Those not affiliated with the university will need to pay a small annual fee to check out books, but it’s well worth the price.

2. Mississippi Library Commission, Jackson, MS

The Mississippi Library Commission is as beautiful as it is enjoyable. Guests love the BookMatch program that helps them find the perfect read. They provide support services to other public libraries to ensure you get the best experience no matter where you are. If you can’t make it to their location, you can take advantage of a wealth of online resources from the comfort of your own home.

3. Brandon Public Library, Brandon, MS

Fans love this library because of its well-maintained surrounds, friendly staff, and huge variety of services. They’ve got plenty of reading material to serve even the pickiest bibliophile. Interest groups regularly gather here, so there’s a chance you might pick up a new hobby during your visit. 

4. Biloxi Public Library, Biloxi, MS

Parents will make this library their number one choice for inexpensive, kid-friendly outings. They have regular story time and plentiful children’s activities for all ages, including arts and crafts for preschoolers and summer reading programs for school-aged children. It’s also a prime destination for local research, computer resources, and meeting spaces.

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5. First Regional Library, Hernando, MS

This library system offers 14 branches across five counties in northern Mississippi, giving locals every excuse to visit. Its headquarters in Hernando is of particular interest because its visitors consider it one of the most well-ran libraries in the area. Its massive size means there’s no shortage of books and services for kids and adults alike, including their kid-friendly no-fine checkout program. 

6. G Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library, Flowood, MS

This fun library has one of the best book selections around. Children’s programs include story time and even a Dial a Story line for stories anytime. The library sits next to a beautiful little park to help you make the most of your trip here.

7. B.S. Ricks Memorial Library, Yazoo City, MS

If you love learning local lore and history, you’ll want to visit the B.S. Ricks Memorial Library again and again. They regularly collect bits and pieces of local color that can be enjoyed for generations to come. The building itself is a historical wonder you’ll want to explore for yourself.

8. Pascagoula Public Library, Pascagoula, MS

There’s so much more than books to discover here. Locals love visiting because of the huge variety of magazines, movies, and music available for public use, all of which can be returned to any library in its system. In addition, you can clean up your own shelves by participating in their book swap program. This particular branch is home to their genealogy and local history library, which is a must visit.

9. Greenwood-Leflore Public Library, Greenwood, MS

With so many books and resources you might get lost wandering its maze of shelves and activities. This library is your source for books, audiobooks, genealogy research, children’s learning resources and programs like ABC Mouse and Reading Bear, and so much more. If you’re into history, you’ll want to explore its extensive history archives of the local area.

10. Philadelphia-Neshoba County Public Library, Philadelphia, MS

If you’re looking for diversity, you’ll want to check out the book collection here, which is the largest of any in the area. They offer regular programs for children and adults alike, as well as a book mobile to share the joy of reading with others. Their wealth of additional resources help people find jobs, research their genealogy, and find the best books for young readers.

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