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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

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$2,270,426 $2,140,076 $2,020,366 $2,038,457 $1,928,368

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Project Examples

Propuesta para ampliar los recursos informáticos que ofrece el Centro de Investigaciones Históricas
The Centro de Investigaciones Históricas research center specializes in history, historical architecture, literature and local town (Vega Baja) history. The Center also preserves documents, photos, maps and other historic and social materials in digital format. This project supported individual research using the Center’s 19th to 21st Century Puerto Rican books, newspapers and other historic materials, which are in microfilm and digital format. Grant funds were used in the acquisition of desktops, laptops and peripherals as well as bookshelves, workstations, and study carrels. The digitization of documents and training workshops are in process.
IMLS Funds: $14,905

Abriendo puertas al conocimiento en el Siglo 21 a través de la biblioteca
This project offered library services to young adult inmates in the Siglo 21 correctional facility. Emphasis was given to computer training, use of databases and specialized software, and access to legal reference service for the institutionalized users. It will also promote reading and interest in academic research. Grant funds were used to purchase computers and related educational materials. Project leads trained 75 inmates on the use of computers and educational software, 227 inmates used the computers and audiovisual equipment, and 151 inmates participated in educational conferences and orientations. As a result, participants increased their computer technology skills and understanding of laws and regulations. The project recognized the importance of the library in the daily life of the inmates and in meeting their lifelong learning needs.
IMLS Funds: $4,993

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.