The Madison County Library System, located in central Mississippi near the state capital of Jackson, is one of forty-seven public library systems in the state of Mississippi. MCLS is a joint city-county public library system.
We are governed by an administrative Board of Library Trustees, consisting of nine members: one from each of the four cities in Madison County, and one appointee from each of the five county supervisors' districts.
Mr. Andrew Smith, Library Board Chair
Representing City of Madison
Ms. Helen Pinkerton
Representing Madison County, District I
Ms. Arma Harper
Representing Madison County, District II
Ms. Connie K. Machado
Representing Madison County, District III
Ms. Shirley Washington
Representing Madison County, District IV
Ms. Mary King
Representing Madison County, District V
Mr. Danny Murphy
Representing City of Canton
Mr. Stephen Estes
Representing Town of Flora
Representing City of Ridgeland
The library system is largely supported by local taxation. Based upon the yearly budget request of the Board of Trustees appropriations are provided each year from Madison County and from each municipality in the county. Additional income comes from a per capita grant from the State of Mississippi (administered by the Mississippi Library Commission), and from a number of other miscellaneous grants, gifts, and library fines.