County Public Library


The Reference department is located on the library's main floor and provides directional and informational assistance to library patrons. On average, over 50,000 reference inquiries are addressed by the Adult Services department each year.

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Reference Collections
The library's reference collection provides visitors a well-rounded, up-to-date collection of recommended and standard reference works. Books in the collection do not circulate.

The serial collection is composed of 192 magazine subscriptions and 31 local, state, and national newspapers. Microfilm editions of some periodicals titles, including the Meridian Star dating back to 1898, are available for patron use. 

Internet Access:
The library currently houses ten (15) public access computers with Internet access. To use these computers patrons must sign in and present a valid library card or picture ID. The library also offers connection to the Internet from a WiFi hotspot.

Public Access Computer Use Policies

Further Information:
Limited research assistance is available. For information on the collection's holdings or programming, please call (601) 693-6771 Ex
t. 221.

Web Resources:

Magnolia Magazine Database

Learn a Test

24/7 Reference

MEL0: Mississippi Electronic Libraries On-line

Mississippi Library Commission

State of Mississippi's Official Web Site

United States Census

Khan Academy

Mississippi Digital Library

Lauderdale County Dept. of Archives & History


The Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library houses one of the best genealogy (family history) collections to be found in the east-central Mississippi region. It contains a broad collection of genealogy books for most of the Southern states, along with an excellent family history collection. Contact Genealogy staff at:

Census Information:
All federal census microfilm for the states of Mississippi and Alabama are available for patron in-house use. The library also owns census microfilm for the years 1800-1850 for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Census index books for some years are also available.

Mississippi Room:
The library's Mississippi Room contains a goldmine of historical information for the scholar and student alike. Included in its holdings are the roster of the Confederacy and many other pertinent Civil War Materials, along with significant historical information on Lauderdale County. Materials housed in the Mississippi Room do not circulate, but may be used in house.


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Last Updated 10/10/2012