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State Librarian

Ms. Barbara A. Reading
State Librarian
Missouri State Library
600 West Main
P.O. Box 387
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0387
Phone: 573/526-4783
Fax: 573/751-3612

State library website:

photo of Missouri State Librarian“Our primary goal is to strengthen and expand both the quality and availability of library services throughout the state to meet the educational, cultural, intellectual, workforce, personal, and social needs of Missourians, particularly persons who have difficulty using the library and the underserved in rural and urban areas.”

--Barbara Reading, State Librarian, Missouri State Library


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$3,080,330 $2,994,821 $2,853,508 $2,951,676 $2,925,990

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Project Examples

Services to Underserved
The library created 38 Hope Kits for use by individuals and groups in the Fulton State Hospital, a public mental health facility. Each kit included uplifting multimedia materials to create a culture where hope is an integral part of the institution and aids in the client recovery process. Four kick-off events attended by 188 clients and 85 staff were held in each unit of the hospital. They featured motivational speaker Katie Banister, Ms. Wheelchair Missouri 2010, who survived an auto accident in 1990 that left her paralyzed from the chest down. Comment cards indicated that clients had a more hopeful attitude after using the materials in the kit, and comments from staff showed an increased perception of the library as an important partner in the treatment and recovery of clients.
IMLS Funds: $18,041

Summer Library Program
As part of the statewide summer library program, the Cape Girardeau Public Library offered 153 programs for all ages that were attended by 3,797 people. Weekly Appy-Hour sessions for children ages 5 to 12 and their parents utilized hands-on time with iPads as well as low-tech and no-tech activities to compliment themes such as math, science, and photography. A weekly storytime with digital components targeted fathers, an underrepresented storytime population. Bimonthly LEGO programs were designed around specific areas of nonfiction, and bimonthly art programs taught children about artists and art techniques. Together with the University Extension Office the library also offered a biweekly program that combined picture books with nutrition information. It held an intergenerational program focused on rock-collecting, as well as weekly programs for teens. The library partnered with the public schools and United Way to provide weekly tutoring sessions for children and their parents as well as a weekly program for kindergarten readiness.
IMLS Funds: $11,673

Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Missouri's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 834KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning

General Services and Initiatives

  • Provide Missourians of all ages expanded services for learning in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, to support individuals’ needs for education, lifelong learning, and digital literacy skills.

Information Access

General Services and Initiatives

  • Provide Missourians equity of access to quality library resources, services and technology to support individuals’ needs for education, lifelong learning, and digital literacy skills.

Access to E-Resources

  • Partner with MOREnet and other entities to support statewide access to online resources.
  • Support membership in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), a worldwide library consortium.


  • Monitor trends in discovery services, and partner with the State Archives and other Missouri cultural heritage institutions to create, maintain, expand and promote online digital collections.

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Assist libraries throughout Missouri in developing and enhancing their provisions of workforce development services, including job information, career readiness, resume development, computer literacy, and financial literacy.

Business Resources

  • Assist libraries throughout Missouri in developing and enhancing their resources and services for small businesses.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Together with partners, conduct and promote trainings and other activities that encourage library service improvements to meet educational, cultural, intellectual, personal, and social development needs. Training will have an impact on library leadership, literacy efforts, including summer reading programs for children and teens, programs that enhance understandings of different cultures, and programs and enhance life skills.


  • In partnership with state and local agencies, assist libraries in identifying, planning, and promoting library services and resources to targeted populations.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Strengthen and expand both quality and the availability of library services appropriate to meet the educational, cultural, intellectual, personal, and social development needs of persons with difficulty using the library and those who live in underserved rural and urban areas. This includes support for the Wolfner Library Talking Books and Braille Library.

Health and Social Services Information

  • Through our life skills programs, help parents develop skills in taking care of their children’s physical, intellectual, and emotional well-being.
  • Help patrons build health literacy.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Missouri's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 1,674KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Missouri's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 337KB).