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Puerto Rico

State Librarian

Mr. Miguel A. Hernández
Library and Information Services Program
Puerto Rico Department of Education
Post Office Box 190759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759
Phone: 787/773-3564
Fax: 787753-6945

State library website:

“Our immediate effort will focus on technology resources and our ability to offer virtual services for all library users.  We’re planning staff training, with an emphasis on leadership and technology training skills. The goal is to provide, support, and expand library programs and services to Puerto Ricans of all ages and backgrounds.”

--Miguel Hernández, Director, Library and Information Services Program, Puerto Rico Department of Education, Public Library Program


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

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$2,469,870 $2,270,426 $2,140,076 $2,020,366 $2,038,457

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Project Examples

Forjando una Educación no Tradicional y de Sabiduría “Fuentes”
This project improved the academic performance of 70 long-term hospitalized children in an urban pediatric hospital facility. The library service was coordinated with the students’ teachers, principals, and parents. Emphasis was given to tutorials based on needs, computer skills and other information-seeking skills, conversational English classes and skills reinforcement in a variety of subject areas. Funds were used to acquire desktop computers, widescreen LCD monitors, a camera, and software programs for specific studies. The children and their teachers, principals, and parents were enthusiastic about the project’s outcomes. It brought schoolwork and recreational reading to the bedside, which provided a sense of normalcy and diversion at a difficult time in their lives.
IMLS Funds: $9,820

Desarrollando la Lectura y la Escritura con la Tirilla Cómica (DELESTICO)
This school library project provided motivational reading activities through the use of comics, graphic novels, and short stories that were targeted to reluctant readers in particular. Comics and other illustrated reading materials proved to be excellent tools for the development of language and reading comprehension skills. Students created their own comic strips on the computer and shared them through oral presentations during a Comic Strip Festival at the end of the project. The students also worked together to organize the festival. The program improved the participants’ self-confidence, along with building their imagination and reading and writing skills.
IMLS Funds: $6,989

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 Puerto Rico's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 193KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning


  • Expand library services and programs for the people of Puerto Rico, regardless of age, location, social, economic or physical ability or disability, that improve literacy and information-seeking skills and provide opportunities for lifelong learning.
  • Provide technology training for patrons, including basic computer skills.
  • Encourage libraries to lead motivational reading activities and projects for patrons of all ages.


  • Improve the academic performance of Puerto Rico’s public school students by supporting the strengthening of school libraries.
  • Plan and develop integrated curricular activities that will enrich and improve student achievement and demonstrate mastery of information-seeking skills.
  • Encourage school librarians to offer technology training to teachers and students.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Provide virtual library services to residents of Puerto Rico, regardless of age, location, social, economic or physical ability or disability.
  • Develop statewide projects for virtual library development for school and public libraries that fall under the Department of Education. This will include the purchase of hardware, software, e-books, databases, and the availability of Wi-Fi.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Provide training for library staff to ensure their familiarity with the technological resources that are available to them and their patrons.

Marketing and Market Research

  • Develop an ongoing systematic program to promote libraries and library services available throughout Puerto Rico. Websites and social media will be used in this effort.

Civic Engagement


  • Develop programs and activities related to cultural and civic engagement in honor of the diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds of the people of Puerto Rico.


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 Puerto Rico's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 821KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

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.