Director's Welcome

First Regional Library is a five-county public library cooperative with thirteen branches located in Northern Mississippi. The Region was formed among DeSoto, Tate, Panola and Lafayette counties in 1950.  Tunica County joined the System in 1968.  The regional headquarters is located inside the branch in Hernando, MS, located about 20 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. To learn more about us, check out the First Regional Library Story Presentation in MS PowerPoint or as a .pdf file.

Ed Hughes, Director
Judy Card, Assistant to the Director
Barbara Evans, Assistant Director for Public Services
Alice Shands, Special Projects
Nancy Anderson, Business Manager
Sandra Childers, Inventory Control
Victoria Penny Early Childhood Services Coordinator/Youth Services Coordinator
David Brown, Public Relations Specialist
Amy Poe, Staff Development Coordinator
Angie King, Network Supervisor
Rebekah Fennel-Brown, Network Specialist


The First Regional Library is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees, the Members representing each of the five counties served by the Library System. 

Mike Sumner – Representing Panola County
Derick Biglane– Representing DeSoto County
Jolee Hussey – Representing Lafayette County
Evelyn Hubbard– Representing Tunica County
Margaret Pressley – Representing Tate County

Board of Trustees meeting minutes 2011-2014

Your First Regional Library card can be used at any of the thirteen branches in the system. Anyone who lives, works, owns property, or goes to school in one of the five counties is eligible for a free library card. The replacement cost for a lost library card is $1. The Library offers a special key-ring library card, so if you want to turn in your old card for the new one, it will only cost you a dollar.
To see our Computer Use policy, click here. To download a copy of the Borrower Card Application, click here.

To review your account or to renew items, you will need your PIN #. To get this number, call one of the library branches.


Most materials may be checked out for three weeks, although some types of materials have different loan periods.  While there is no charge to check out library materials, overdue fines are applied when items are not brought back by their due date.  Items can be renewed in person, by phone or by logging into your account via the Internet (you must have your library card number and PIN to do this).  If an item you have checked out is on hold for another person, you may not renew that item (this rule applies to any book borrowed through the Mississippi Library Partnership as well).  You may use any library’s book drop for your after-open-hours convenience.  You may return any item to any FRL branch location.

These are just a few of the services offered by the First Regional Library:
*Copy and fax machines
*Interlibrary loans (borrowing requested materials not owned by FRL from other library systems)
*Meeting rooms
*Adult and children's exhibits and programs, including preschool storytimes and the Summer Library Program
*Information and Reference services
*Courier service among all the branches for fast delivery of requested material

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