The Missouri state library shall be under the control of the secretary of state and
operated under rules and regulations promulgated by the secretary of state. The secretary of state shall:
(1) Direct the survey of services given by libraries which may be established or assisted
under any law for state grants-in-aid to libraries;
(2) Further the coordination of library services furnished by the state with those
of local libraries and other educational agencies;
(3) Publish an annual report showing conditions and progress of public library service
(4) Furnish information and counsel as to the best means of establishing and maintaining
libraries, the selection of materials, cataloging, and other details of library management;
provide assistance in organizing libraries or improving service given by them and
assist library services in state institutions;
(5) Receive and administer grants from the United States under any act of Congress
for public libraries, or other types of library service, and make rules and regulations
in connection with such grants as may be necessary or required in the administration
(6) Receive gifts of money, books or other property which may be used or held in trust
for the purposes given;
(7) Administer state grants-in-aid and encourage local support for the betterment
of local library service and generally promote an effective statewide public library
(8) Procure and disseminate information by any means necessary within the state among
individuals, communities, libraries, schools, charitable and state institutions, state
departments and other organizations;
(9) Administer the Wolfner Library for the blind and physically handicapped and ensure
library services to the eligible blind and physically handicapped residents of this
(10) Appoint members to the secretary of state's council on library development, as
set forth in section 181.022.
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