The Libraries and Information Services Program provides the Department of Defense (DoD) community with current, retrospective, and authoritative multi-media materials (e.g., books, magazines, newspapers, microforms, tapes, electronic data bases, etc.) in all subject fields, as well as literary, musical, artistic, and basic reference for recreation and personal education. The Program does not generally include those libraries whose primary purpose is to provide technical reference and information related to training centers, military occupational specialty education, or DoD reference facilities.
- Service Delivery. The Libraries and Information Service Program provides services through:
- library facilities at DoD installations
- afloat libraries
- military Service portals and Military OneSource in the form of electronic books and other information products
- delivery of books and other products to deployed service members, remote and isolated sites, and to military missions in foreign countries and other agencies where United States forces are assigned
- Funding. The Libraries and Information Services Program is classified as a mission sustaining program (Category A) and is supported almost entirely with appropriated funds (APF).
Unlimited use of MWR programs and services is authorized to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members and their families, armed forces retirees and their families, former and/or surviving spouses and family members, and DoD civilians and their families when stationed outside the United States. Based on local demand and capacity, installation commanders may grant use of MWR programs and services to DoD civilians and their families inside the United States, DoD contract personnel, other federal employees, guests, and members of the public.
These programs are available worldwide on military installations and online.