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:



photo of Susan HildrethDirector's Message: A National Partnership Supporting Financial Literacy at the Library
IMLS and other federal agencies and library organizations are partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help libraries connect their customers to financial information, resources, and community experts. Read more.

Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact
IMLS is holding a public hearing to establish a public record about the impact of high speed broadband connectivity in America’s libraries. Read more.

Celebrating 20 Years of the National Medal!

cover of Growing Young MindsGrowing Young Minds
A report from IMLS and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading calls for full use of libraries and museums to give all children a strong start in learning. Read more.


Tackling Money Matters at New York Public Library

The New York Public Library (NYPL) introduced Money Matters, a project to educate library staff on the core concepts of personal finance and related reference sources. The program also made the staff more open to the idea of hosting presentations by experts who provided personal finance training that was needed most by their neighborhood communities. NYPL also made the project training materials freely available. Read more.

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WebWise 2014: Anchoring Communities was held
February 10-12 in Baltimore, MD. Visit www.imlswebwise.org to learn more.


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