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 MarxOur Award Winning Libraries and Museums Are Welcoming New Americans
The National Medal shines a national spotlight on the many ways libraries and museums make a difference in communities across the country. Stories from winning institutions resonate with IMLS efforts to help institutions provide services to immigrant communities. 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.


Ten Libraries and Museums Honored at the White House

On Monday, May 18, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Institute of Museum and Library Services Acting Director Maura Marx to present the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Ten institutions from across the country attended the White House Ceremony to be recognized for outstanding service to their communities. 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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