About Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System
From the Director,
The Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System (PAWLS), is headquartered in McComb, Mississippi with eight branches located in McComb's Baertown Community, Tylertown, Progress, Osyka, Magnolia, Crosby, Gloster, and Liberty. In the twelve years I have been your director, many changes have occurred. Technology is constantly changing, a brand new café was added in McComb thanks to the Friends of the Pike County Libraries, staff members have moved on or retired and the general feel of the library has changed. What remains the same is our commitment to customer service. While the library system has faced many difficulties due to the Coronavirus, we still remain determined to bring our patrons the best we may offer in print, DVDs, electronic materials, patron use computers, and children's programming both on-site and digitally. There is a full-time genealogy expert on staff and a full size meeting room is available for the community to use for civic, cultural, or educational purposes, free of charge. Every library in the system has free WiFi and we offer free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks through Libby (Overdrive) and a variety of eMaterials such as, television, movies, music, comics, etc. in addition to eBooks and eAudiobooks, which you may download to your electronic device. I hope to continue serving this system for years to come and we all sincerely appreciate your patronage. Come by and enjoy your libraries.
The Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System’s mission is to provide materials and/or services to assist patrons in obtaining information related to their educational, professional, personal, technological, and recreational needs.
Special emphasis is placed on current high demand, high interest materials in a variety of formats for persons of all ages. The library supports students at all academic levels and encourages young children to develop an interest in and an appreciation of reading and learning.
Library System Updates
With Covid-19 in the rear-view mirror and some much-needed assistance from the federal government, the library system has made some very relevant and needed upgrades in our hardware. In early 2022 through an ARPA grant we are working on replacing almost all the old computers and monitors in the system. We have also purchased many new children and adult materials for checkout. We also now have a newspaper scanner in the reference department to scan larger photos and newspapers for your convenience. We now offer Notary services at the circulation desk and coffee in our "Coffee with Friends" café free of charge.