B. S. Ricks Memorial Library


The B. S. Ricks Memorial Library is owned and operated by the Yazoo Library Association (YLA). Founded in 1838 and originally started as a membership library, the YLA was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature to provide public library service to Yazoo County.

For over sixty years, the Yazoo Library was housed in many different buildings. Thankfully, in 1900, Fannie Ricks adopted the library as her cause and funded the construction of the B. S. Ricks Memorial Library. She named it in honor of her beloved late husband, General B.S. Ricks. This is the same building we use today.

Mrs. B. S. Ricks was a woman with many philanthropic interests. Aside from funding the construction of our beautiful library, she provided scholarships funding the summer school programs at the University of Mississippi. Mrs. Ricks left a legacy of her generosity.

The library was opened to the public in 1901 and formally dedicated January 1, 1902. The Ricks Memorial Library continues to serve Yazoo County and Yazoo City as a public library.

Want to learn more about the library’s history? Visit us!


This website is partially funded under the federal Library Services and Technology Act

administered by the Mississippi Library Commission for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Monday 8:00-5:00

Tuesday 8:00-5:00

Wednesday 8:00-5:00

Thursday 8:00-5:00

Friday 8:00-5:00

Saturday 8:30-12:00

310 North Main Street

Yazoo City, MS 39194


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