Created in 1929 by the state legislature, the West Virginia Library Commission administers federal and state funds to public libraries, maintains the Statewide Library Network, and provides other essential services to 172 public libraries across West Virginia. WVLC maintains a library in the state Culture Center in Charleston, providing residents and government employees with access to print and online collections; research assistance; printing and copying services; library cards for borrowing privileges; desktop computers; and Wi-Fi access. WVLC also offers Special Services for the visually impaired, blind and physically handicapped.
Through consultation, resources, and technology, WVLC helps public libraries provide West Virginians:
Libraries today are more important than ever. They build communities. They promote learning. They provide the essential connections needed in this constantly changing digital world. The goal of the West Virginia Library Commission is to ensure that public libraries remain on the cutting edge of information services, today and into the future.