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North Carolina

State Librarian

Ms. Caroline "Cal" Shepard
State Librarian
State Library of North Carolina
Administrative Section
4640 Mail Service Center
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27699-4640
Phone: 919/807-7410
Fax: 919/733-8748

State library website:

photo of North Carolina State Librarian“Statewide access to resources will keep our focus on digitization, tech support services, and other technology efforts library users want for personal and professional fulfillment. We’ll continue to encourage competitive grants for creative ‘pilot’ projects that may then have wider application in the state.”

--Caroline “Cal” Shepard, State Librarian, State Library of North Carolina


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$4,160,471 $4,322,143 $4,171,823 $4,173,865 $4,363,304

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Project Examples

1974 Black Awareness Conference poster from North Carolina State UniversityContent, Context and Capacity: A Collaborative Digitization Project on the Long Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina, year 2 of 3
As part of a three-year manuscripts digitization project, the university libraries of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN: Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) worked to digitize 38 manuscript collections with a thematic focus on the historical era known as the Long Civil Rights Movement. The 144,500 digital images scanned in year two were made freely accessible on the Internet to target audiences of history faculty and scholars, students, library professionals, and the public. Due to targeted project promotion and an ever-growing number of items available online, web usage increased dramatically during year two. Project leads also conducted usability studies with two significant user groups (K-12 educators and undergraduates) and developed a deeper understanding of large-scale digitization.
IMLS Funds: $132,042

LSTA Homelessness Grant Project, year 1 of 3
Forsyth County Public Library provided a range of programming around homelessness for library staff and the community. The library hired a Peer Support Specialist to work one-on-one with individuals experiencing homelessness and connect them to needed services in the community. During the project period the Peer Support Specialist made 2,445 Resource booklet called Resources and Refuge on the Journeyindividual contacts with homeless individuals or those at-risk for homelessness and offered a bi-monthly Talk It Out rap session for this audience. The library also offered basic computer training classes to 599 individuals, and it provided sensitivity training for 100 library staff to raise awareness of issues related to homelessness. Central Library staff developed programming targeted to the homeless population that ranged from a popular Sunday matinee movie series to a monthly Books for Dudes book club. As a result of the project, the library formed strong partnerships with homelessness service providers in the community, who were invited to serve on the library’s Homelessness Steering Committee.
IMLS Funds: $36,265

Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read North Carolina's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 156KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning

General Services and Initiatives

  • Support library outreach programs and services that target persons who are in underserved urban and rural communities, including children and families with incomes below the poverty line.


  • Apply new models and techniques for building literacy and lifelong learning skills.
  • Support library outreach programs and services that target persons in need of help reading, speaking, and writing in English.

Online Learning

  • Support libraries in providing patrons with Internet and basic computer skills to assist in finding information on the web and in accessing the library’s databases.

Information Access

Interlibrary Loans

  • Support a shared integrated public library system throughout the state.


  • Assist libraries in building digitized collections and making them available to the public.

Reference Services

  • Ensure 24/7 information services for all North Carolinians.

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Support library outreach programs and services that target persons in need of skill development for entry into the workforce or for advancement in their field of work.
  • Provide learning opportunities for staff to ensure that they are equipped to assist patrons in their search for jobs.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Provide staff training on assessing current and future library users’ needs.
  • Provide learning opportunities for staff on building partnerships and collaborations, especially for initiatives that target the unserved or underserved.
  • Support opportunities that foster innovation.


  • Form partnerships at the state and national level that provide models for local libraries.
  • Assist libraries in developing needs assessments and program and project plans that strengthen partnerships and collaborations.


  • Support technology-based projects that improve library programs and services for library users, such as an enhanced Internet infrastructure, wireless systems, and special learning spaces.

Civic Engagement


  • Support libraries in the development of lifelong learning programs and services that address specific needs in their communities.
  • Support library outreach programs and services that target persons of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, such as the rapidly growing Hispanic community in North Carolina.

Access to Government Information

  • Provide ongoing learning opportunities for staff to ensure that they are equipped to assist patrons in finding needed e-government resources.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Support library outreach programs and services that target persons who are having difficulty using a library, such as senior citizens, those with disabilities, and those who are institutionalized.

Health and Social Services Information

  • Provide learning opportunities for staff to ensure that they are equipped to assist patrons in areas of need, such as child development and health and wellness.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read North Carolina's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 1,131KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for North Carolina's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 337KB).