Directory of Library by State
Last update 05/20/2003
|While there are other sources here the main point of this directory is the links to the various directories created by state library agencies within the United States of America. After some introductory material and other links I located while working on this page the bulk of the material starts with the state flag illustrations below. Feel free to cut immediately to the state library pages, or read my explanatory material first, your choice. There is an email link below for suggested changes and/or corrections.|
|Alaska libraries||Arizona libraries||Arkansas libraries||California libraries|
|Colorado libraries||Connecticut libraries||Delaware libraries||Florida libraries|
|Georgia libraries||Hawaii libraries||Idaho libraries||Illinois libraries||Indiana libraries|
|Iowa libraries||Kansas libraries||Kentucky libraries||Louisiana libraries||Maine libraries|
|Maryland libraries||Massachusetts libraries||Michigan libraries||Minnesota libraries||Mississippi libraries|
|Missouri libraries||Montana libraries||Nebraska libraries||Nevada libraries||New Hampshire libraries|
|New Jersey libraries||New Mexico libraries||New York libraries||North Carolina libraries||North Dakota libraries|
|Ohio libraries||Oklahoma libraries||Oregon libraries||Pennsylvania libraries||Rhode Island libraries|
|South Carolina libraries||South Dakota libraries||Tennessee libraries||Texas libraries||Utah libraries|
|Vermont libraries||Virginia libraries||Washington libraries||West Virginia libraries||Wisconsin libraries|
|Wyoming libraries||OTHER LINKS libraries|
Alabama academic libraries and public libraries. The web based list is restricted to libraries with web pages. It is filed by institution name, and getting to a city is a matter of luck. One may find out, eventually, that the Parnell Memorial Library is in Montevallo, but there is no immediate way of finding out what library is in Montevallo. There are PDF files arranged by city, institution, and librarian. These are nice, but not searchable.Alabama Public Library Service - Academic - Academic2
Alaska academic libraries and public libraries This is a simple list that includes all types of libraries. It is easily searched by using the CTRL-F function in the Netscape browser.
Arizona academic libraries and public libraries A list of only those places with websites. Academic
Arkansas academic libraries and public libraries - There is a list of online catalogs here- in some cases you can back up to library home page, sometimes not. While the list is differentiated by type of library, there is no help on geography.
California academic libraries and public libraries This is a one shot, search by city/town name affair. As nearly as I can tell it includes branches, parts of systems, whatever... as long as it is located in a place, this directory will tell you what is there. There is an explanation of how they put it together here.
Colorado academic libraries and public libraries This page gives you three choices: library name or location; staff name; or an interactive map of Colorado. Within each of those choices there are options, all of which work well. Academic
Connecticut academic libraries and public libraries :.There are a couple of layers here. The link here gives you choices of "library home pages," "E-Mail address directory," or "public library directory," among other things. "Library home pages" is subdivided by type of library, but lists only those with web pages. The "public library directory" allows you to search by library name, town name, or director's last name. While most libraries appear to have pages, there are those that do not, hence there are limiations here. Academic
Delaware academic libraries and public libraries : This page is maintained by the Delaware Library Associatin, not the State Library. Unfortuntely DLA is not doing a very good job. There is one huge list, filed by library name. Unless you know that the library for Middletown is named the Appoquinimink Community Library, you are out of luck.
District of Columbia This is strictly DC PL- basically one big list, although it includes things like hours, special events, etc. A CTRL-F search on DC in the Southeast region for academic libraries at the Berkeley site will get you the academic libraries.
Florida academic libraries and public libraries : A multi-faceted search engine lets you in pretty much any way you want to get there: town name, name of library, everything in a give county, or a name search for an individual. One of the better ones.
Georgia academic libraries and public libraries: This page gives you a link to a PDF file of the public library systems in the state. There is also a link to a list of a mixture of individual public libraries and systems with web sites. Theoretically CTRL-F will let you search by town name, but as a large number of towns are subsumed under systems you are out of luck unless you happen to know that, for instance, the library for Colquitt, GA, is part of the Southwest Georgia Regional Library.
Hawaii State Libraries : The public libraries in Hawaii are one giant system. If you use the "50 Libraries" link you will get a complete list searchable by city/town name using CTRL-F. Otherwise you have to know some Hawaii geography, as the basic listing is by island, and there are six of them. Once on an island the basic sort is by institution name, so unless you know that the Bond Memorial Library is in Kapaau on the island of Hawaii you are out of luck.
Idaho State Libraries : This is a list of all types of libraries, linked, or unlinked. Use CTRL-F for searching by town or city name, as the basic file is by institution name.
Illinois academic libraries and public libraries : This is searchable several ways- name of institution, city, or system, all subdivided by type of library. Although the institution list files on first letter (look for the J. Walter Thompson agency under J, not T) it is still nicely done. The same page as a link to ELI (Every Library in Illinois) that produces a nicely sophisticated search engine. Your choice, they both work well.
Indiana academic libraries and public libraries : All broken out by type of library, but the public libraries are filed by library name, not name of town. CTRL-F will work only if the library name and the town name are in the same alphabetic file, and there are four of them. Hence the Alexandrian Library in Mount Vernon is not going to pop up unless you already know the connection. The main Indiana State Library page includes links to a pre-1850 marriage database, and an Indiana cemetary database- just for the genealogists. I thought you would like to know.
Iowa academic libraries and public libraries : This lets you search by a number of types of libraries, or geographical variations. You can search by city name, type of library.... etc. The directory seems to be updated fairly frequently, although there are inevitably some dead email links.
Kansas academic libraries and public libraries : This page includes a number of direct links to libraries of various types, but only those with web pages. On the left side of the page are links to regional public library systems (seven in all- with a map, so you get some help with geography), and "Kansas Library Cataog" which is mainly useful for the Kansas union catalog.
Kentucky academic libraries and public libraries: has a list of public libraries here. It is one long list, but the basic sort is by county so you need to use CTRL-F to search by city. There is a list of public library websites here. It is also organized by county, so you have to know where you are going. Those looking for academic or special libraries might want to consider the Berkeley site.
Louisiana academic libraries and public libraries : lists all types of libraries. For public libraries the basic sort is by Parish (the Louisiana equivalent of counties) and then by libraries. If you don't know the Parish you have to go into all three files and then use CTRL-F. The academic libraries are in one file, so searching is fairly easy.
Maine academic libraries and public libraries : From here you can either search the directory for all types of libraries, or generate a specialized list of libraries. There is also a page linking the regional library systems, although this is another case of having to know where you are going in order to get there. Use the first link for serious searching.
Maryland academic libraries and public libraries : Start here for a list of all public libraries searchable by CTRL F. All types of libraries are available here, but the public library listings are at the county or system level and if you don't know that Frostburg is in Allegheny County you are out of luck. The academics are alphabetical by institution name.
Massachusetts academic libraries and public libraries : You can use the "Search MLIN" box on this page, or use the "About Mass. Libraries" button on the left frame- the latter being more direct. It is searchable on a number of fields, municipality being the handiest one for public libraries. There is also a list of libraries with home pages, publics and school libraries searchable by municipality, academic and specials by institution. I think it is possible to occasionally miss a branch in here, but overall it works well, in spite of using frames.
Michigan academic libraries and public libraries : -an interactive, frequently updated, page that lets you search just about any way you can think of. The only drawback is that some branches are subsumed under systems, so a search on the town name won't pull them up. Otherwise, first rate.
Minnesota academic libraries and public libraries : This is not the State Library page, but one done by Metronet, one of the Minnesota systems You can get to all types of libraries, and the search engine will work on town names, county names, or institution names. The State Library page has links to various types of libraries but no complete listing of PLs in interactive form. There is a PDF document available for download.
Mississippi academic libraries and public libraries : While divided into sections for public, academic, and two-year institutions, this page is basically one big list. Within each type the basic sort is by institution name (including one filed using the initial "The" of the name, although I understand this particular usage is local practice and not some computer driven abberation) and unless institution name and town name happen to agree you are out of luck. Where, for instance, might the Elizabeth Jones Library be?
Missouri academic libraries and public libraries : The directory is subdivided by type. The public library file is a simple list filed by institution name, but you can use CTRL-F to locate by town name.
Montana academic libraries and public libraries : there is a very brief list of libraries with web pages, but there does not seem to be a complete directory as such.
Nebraska academic libraries and public libraries: This is a keyword search engine you can search by: personal name, library name, city, OCLC symbol, e-mail address, phone number, whatever- so it will bring up town names - but also individuals, or library names. So if you put in "Smith," you get all the folks named Smith, the town of Smith, and the Smith Memorial PL in Weeping Water. I made up all the names just to make the point. It is possible to get information overkill here, and you do have to do some sorting through the search results, but it does work better than some others I could mention.
Nevada academic libraries and public libraries: From here you can search for all types of libraries- including California PLs adjacent to Nevada, which I thought was a clever wrinkle. There are two PL lists- the one under "Quick List of Libraries" is the more easily searched CTRL-F and requires less knowledge of Nevada geography. The listings for other types of libraries seem to work in either choice. At the bottom of the page is a directory of email addresses for Nevada librarians that is quite handy.
New Hampshire academic libraries and public libraries : This is searchable in a number of ways and includes all types of libraries. Email links and URLs are provided, but don't always work. Like most academic libraries and public libraries the New Hampshire folk have to depend on what the local libraries tell them.
New Jersey academic libraries and public libraries : - Alphabetical lists for academic or public libraries. For PLs the basic sort is by town or county name. There is a separate list for libraries where the town and library name are not the same, which is better than guessing at town names. Some "see" references by town name in one single file, or a search engine, would make this a lot better directory.
New Mexico academic libraries and public libraries: This is a link to Zianet - a listing of libraries in New Mexico, but only those with web pages.
New York academic libraries and public libraries : They do say it is under construction....One certainly hopes so. There are a couple of ways of getting at at least public and academic libraries. Unfortunately, searching is by library system, or by county and there does not seem to be any way of getting directly at towns or cities without knowing a county or system first. The heading under "Public Library Systems" says "Find Your Public Library" - and presents you with a county based list. Fine for New York residents, but not particularly helpful for anybody out of state. The "Libraries in New York" link at least gives you a map, although it is too general unless you have a Rand McNally road atlas as a supplement.
North Carolina academic libraries and public libraries : This is the main state library page. Scroll down a bit and you will find links to both public and academic libraries, but only those with web pages. The public library list sorts by institution name rather than city name, and CTRL-F won't help you. There is a PDF format directory of PLs that sorts by system and then by town name available here.
North Dakota academic libraries and public libraries: state library.
Ohio There's what appears to be a complete list of PLs, and a separate list of those with web sites. You can also search PLs just by county. Other types of libraries have listings compiled by the state library. The academic library list sorts by institution name (inverted where necessary) but CTRL-F will get city names.
Oklahoma academic libraries and public libraries : Starting here you can search for public libraries by city name, county, or system. This page gets you to all types of libraries, but only those with web pages.
Oregon academic libraries and public libraries : There are separate directories for academic, public, and special libraries here. The public library directory is one long list and CTRL-F works very well. The academic list sorts by institution name.
Pennsylvania academic libraries and public libraries : There is a list of PLs with web pages sorted by county. It is one giant file however, so if you don't know the county, but the library shares it's name with the town, you are in luck using CTRL-F. If, on the other hand, you don't know that the PL in Aliquippa, PA is the B.F. Jones Memorial Library in Beaver County, you can't get there. Academic libraries, again only those with web pages, are sorted by institution name.
Rhode Island academic libraries and public libraries: This page gets you to separate public and academic library directories. The public library directory is a long list sorted by town, the academic list is sorted by institution name. The PL list, like many here, is not complete in that if a branch is in one town and the main is in another, you are out of luck: Ashaway is a branch of Hopkinton, and if you don't know it in advance....
South Carolina academic libraries and public libraries : is public libraries only. The page here will let you search by county, or one giant file that works well using CTRL-F for those folks who don't know SC geography. For those who know counties there is an extremely jazzy interactive county-based map that is fun to use.
South Dakota academic libraries and public libraries This has to be the least intuitively obvious interface in the whole directory.
Tennessee academic libraries and public libraries : has a nice public library directory that may be searched by region, county, city, library name, depending on what you know. There is also a fun color coded map for those who know Tennessee geography.
Texas academic libraries and public libraries : This page will get you to the PL database, searchable by city, county, or library name. This one produces a long list of libraries with websites- town names are included, so CTRL-F works well.
Utah: From here you can search by institution name, or by county. For just those libraries with websites, go here.
Vermont academic libraries and public libraries : The "Library Directory" link leads you to a strictly text based directory, easily searchable using CTRL-F. There are no active links for either email or web pages. It does seem to include all types of libraries. There is a Gopher based search engine for the directory, but the returns from the search are often not sufficient to identify the library in question. A search on "Rutland" produces a dozen entries, eleven of which are simply labeled "Rutland." Stick with the "Library Directory"link and use CTRL-F.
Virginia State Libraries : This includes all types of libraries. The alphabetic list files by institution name- which means that systems take priority and you cannot locate libraries by their city/town unless you know in which system they reside. The town of Vinton is part of the Bedford system, with no cross reference. The system entry includes some city names- although there are counties as well. The file is broken up into 15 alphabetic segments, so searching is tricky- and you may not be able to get what you want. There are some supplementary files, but they are not particularly useful.
Washington: This site will search the state, but... First you have to pick type of library, and that produces a list of all libraries in that category. You have to use CTRL-F to find a specific town because the basic file is by institution name. There is a separate page here that lists library (among others) web pages.
West Virginia academic libraries and public libraries : state library listing of libraries here
Wisconsin academic libraries and public libraries : -It is divided first by type, then the PLs are alphabetized by community or system name (in two files), the academics by institution name. CTRL-F works well in either case. At least in the PL file there are email addresses but they are not linked. There is a separate directory for the PL systems.
academic libraries and public libraries : All types of libraries link from
here- the basic categories produce a long list and the CTRL-F function will walk
you through by whatever search term you chose. The basic organizational pattern
in Wyoming is by county, but CTRL-F will locate cities/towns. There is a
separate listing here
of libraries on the web.
The Library of Congress list of links to academic libraries and public libraries in the United States.
The COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) links to state libraries- which tends to be a little more up to date than the LC list.
Public Library Development
The St. Joseph County Public Library list of public libraries on the web-- which includes the whole world in addition to the United States. A long list by institution name, and it only pops 50 at a time. The search engine helps, but you have to be careful about country codes. Enter USA and get nothing- enter US, and it works. They need a drop menu there.
The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE - which links to everything (more or less) that has a website, but nothing without one. Divided up regionally for Academic libraries, but the public library list is not subdivided. The PL list does include both systems and individual libraries if they have a web page. City locations are used in addition to library names, so the CTRL-F function works well.
Marshall Breeding'sLib-Web-Cats site that links both web sites and OPACs. It has a nice search engine. This is the only page I've noted that goes directly to OPACs.
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