Spiva Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week  April 14– 20.  The week is a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and instruction classes, materials for distance learners, campus and area community programming, and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond. Libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.

Spiva Library serves Missouri Southern State University and the surrounding areas by providing a vast array of online and print resources, computer access, interlibrary loan services, study space, community memberships and much more.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit www.mssu.edu/library .