Library Members

Bringing the World of Internet to Patrons, Including Our Most Rural Missourians

In collaboration with other publicly funded agencies, the Remote Electronic Access for Libraries (REAL) Program strives to connect public libraries with each other and with schools and universities through the Internet to ensure that public libraries are the center of excellence for information service to their communities.

Library Eligibility

Any tax-supported public library is eligible to participate in the General Assembly-funded portions of the REAL Program. A tax-supported library is any library that is funded in whole or in part through either dedicated tax revenue, as in a property tax-supported library district, or the general revenue of a political subdivision of the state, as in a municipal library supported from the general revenue of the city.

REAL Application and Policies

Joining REAL

Here you'll find all the information you'll need to begin the process of joining REAL, including eligibility requirements, additional qualifications and the application you'll need to complete and submit.

REAL Policies

Information on all of REAL's policies, including early termination liabilities, E-rate requirements and bandwidth upgrade requests is here.

REAL Program Goals

  • Train the Missouri library community in search tools, procedures and access points for providing high quality services through automation.
  • Through their public libraries, all Missouri citizens have the opportunity to share in the National Information Infrastructure. No citizens of Missouri will be left out of the information explosion because they lack the financial resources to provide their own computers and connectivity.
  • Research and document project activities so that we can support successes and overcome limitations in the application of statewide connectivity and ensure that future funding and use follows a technically sound and fiscally responsible path.