Creating a Nation of Learners

The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making. IMLS supports key issues of national concern:



 President Obama Announces Open eBooks and ConnectED Library Challenge
President Obama at the Anacostia LibraryPresident Obama announced two new efforts to strengthen student learning by improving access to digital content and to public libraries. Read more.

 photo of Maura Marx Putting Seniors at the Center
Nearly 10,000 people turn 65 every day in America. At the 2015 Conference on Aging at the White House, President Obama highlighted the contributions and the challenges of an aging American population. Read more.

National Medal Congratulations to the 2015 Medalists!
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. Read more.


Message to Current and Former IMLS Employees


Hands-on, Play-Based Learning at the Marbles Kids Museum Helps Kids and Parents Get Ready for School

Marbles Kids Museum developed and implemented a school readiness project, “Ready, Set, School.” Through hands-on play in a new “Ready, Set, School” classroom exhibit and participation in play-based, school-like programming and events, the project increases school readiness among children ages 2-5, their families, and community organizations that support them. Read more.

Capitol Hill Maker Faire

The Capitol Hill Maker Faire
on June 11 kicks off a celebration of making in the Nation’s Capital. It will be a fun and interactive event for members of the public, including members of Congress and their staff. Read more.

New! IMLS Data Catalog home

Our new Data Catalog puts IMLS data—comprising agency data such as grants administration and data about museums, libraries, and related organizations—at the fingertips of researchers, developers, and interested members of the public who want to dig deeper. Read more.

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