Left side image of Riley Campus Library viewed from corner looking toward books and computers through to the front desk. Right side College Park library looking at book shelves with front desk in far right

Our goal at the Phil Hardin Foundation Libraries at MSU-Meridian’s College Park and Riley Campuses is to support the reading, research and information needs of the faculty, staff and students in Meridian.

Part of Mississippi State University Libraries, the Phil Hardin Foundation Libraries serve as a local facility for accessing printed and electronic materials, obtaining reference assistance library research help, as well as consultations and library instruction.

The local libraries have over 11,000 books, journals and material. We offer teaching/computer labs with a total of 30 computer workstations, a small conference room, printing and photocopying capabilities and staff on hand to assist with library and information needs. In addition, the MSU-Meridian academic community has access to resources and services offered on the University Libraries website at library.msstate.edu.

Resources and Services Available

The University Library web page enables everyone to access electronic resources, the book collection electronic reserves, subject guides, online tutorials, reference help and much more.

  • Online Catalog: Provides access to the book and journal holdings at University Libraries, plus 55 state-wide member libraries of the Mississippi Library Partnership
  • EBSCO’s Discovery Service:  Use this all-in-one search engine to find information in the online catalog and most of the Libraries’ databases to find books, article, reference materials, theses and more. 
  • Databases: The library subscribes to over 500 databases, by name of the database, by broad subject category, or across subject areas through resources
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad): Enables borrowing of library materials owned by other universities, usually free of charge
  • Document Delivery: Permits books and other library materials to be placed “On Hold” and transported between MSU Campuses
  • Library Assistance: Get library assistance through Live Chat online reference assistance, Library Research Consultations, Lib Guides, in-person or by phone
  • Workshops: See University Library web site for the latest workshops presented by the DMC and the Library Instruction departments. Free workshops are presented on a regular basis, and many are offered online

For Faculty

  • Library research instruction sessions can be scheduled for library instruction in the Library or at the classroom
  • Requests for new materials are always welcome. If you have recommendations for the book collection, a journal or a multimedia product, please contact mthomas@library.msstate.edu
  • Library Reserves services are available for books, articles, DVDs, or other materials selected for your students' use.


Phil Hardin Foundation Libraries:  College Park Hours:

Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Riley Campus Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

If you need assistance in accessing electronic resources, obtaining library materials, or for reference assistance, please stop by or contact the MSU Meridian Library staff by phone or by email.  

You can also ask for assistance through the MSU Libraries’ Live Chat service. 



In addition to housing a collection supporting the academic needs of the campuses, the Phil Hardin Foundation Libraries provide areas for individual study, technology equipped conference rooms, teaching labs equipped with computers and a teacher lectern and open computer labs.

College Park Image Gallery

 The Phil Hardin Foundation Library at the College Park campus     Phil Hardin Foundation Library     Phil Hardin Foundation Library     Phil Hardin Foundation Library

Riley Campus Image Gallery

Photo of the sitting area as you enter the Riley Campus Phil Hardin Library. Tan carpet with cream colored chairs with brown swivel desks, a green leafy plant in the corner with a Phil Hardin foundation plaque on the wall with a window looking outside     Looking through the library from the sitting area toward the computer lab and front desk and through to the books with study tables as well as more computer options     Looking through the glass door and wall into the computer lab where there are rows of tables with black desktop computers and a large tv monitor at the front of the space     View of the library from the corner of the book section looking out toward the books and study area with computer options toward the front desk and computer lab through to the sitting area


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Contact Us

Ms. Melanie Thomas

Ms. Melanie Thomas

MSU-Meridian Staff

Associate Professor

Librarian & Information Specialist

P: 601-484-0236 for Ms. Melanie Thomas
F: 601-484-0139 for Ms. Melanie Thomas

Email for Ms. Melanie Thomas
Nancy Wright

Ms. Nancy Wright

MSU-Meridian Staff

Senior Library Associate

P: 601-484-0237 for Ms. Nancy Wright
F: 601-484-0139 for Ms. Nancy Wright

Email for Ms. Nancy Wright