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State Librarian

Ms. Donna Jones Morris
Director and State Librarian
Utah State Library Division
250 North 1950 West
Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901
Phone: 801/715-6770
Fax: 801/715-6767

State library website:

photo of Utah State Librarian“Recent electronic upgrades have made our systems more robust for the public and library staff. We’ll offer online training for staff, and we’ll foster collaboration among libraries to share best practices and leverage what we offer for the public. All efforts are geared toward providing the best public service.”

--Donna Jones Morris, Director and State Librarian, Utah State Library Division


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
$1,796,291 $1,769,981 $1,698,728 $1,757,101 $1,770,068

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Project Examples

Utah State Library bookmobile patrons with "I love my bookmobile" signBookmobile Program
This Utah State Library Division project provided services to underserved populations throughout the state. Utah has one of the few mobile library operations targeted at serving its large rural population of nearly 500,000 citizens. The nine bookmobile librarians and nine repository librarians served 13 counties’ rural populations, with a total circulation of about 475,000 items. The targeted service area had a population of 200,000 citizens, of which almost 40 percent were registered borrowers, and its average of 15 items per borrower exceeded most other library systems across the state. Grant funds provided administrative support of the mobile library program, which offered the underserved the opportunity to pursue life-long learning activities, improve knowledge in all areas, and enhance skill levels.
IMLS Funds: $160,534

Digitizing and Archiving Utah’s Urban Pioneer Folk Music Revival of 1958-1968
This Marriott Library - University of Utah project sought to aid scholarly research and historical memory of Utah Polly and the Valley Boys in concertmusicians who played an influential role in the American folk music revival of the 1940s through 1960s. It brought together resources from various library archives including materials recently donated to Weber State University by folklorist Polly Stewart. The project ultimately created a searchable collection that is integrated with search engines and library catalogs, and it encompassed an online exhibit that honored the folk music revival and brought additional attention to the collection at Weber State. In total, 167 items were digitized, added to the digital repository, tagged with relevant metadata and published. LSTA funding enabled this project to honor the legacy of folk music in Utah and the career and life of a scholar who left a valuable legacy.
IMLS Funds: $6,938

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 Utah's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 271KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning


  • Support collaboration among Utah’s libraries, especially in collection development.
  • Support lifelong learning opportunities through mobile library services to Utah’s rural communities.
  • Collaborate with public libraries statewide to offer quality summer reading programs.
  • Continue to promote Utah Kids Ready to Read, an early literacy initiative.
  • Develop and implement a pilot project for a Library Adult Literacy Program.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Manage database procurement to provide library users with access to a broad collection of online resources through Public Pioneer, Utah’s online library:
    • Provide statewide licensed library resources leveraged through cooperative purchasing with local libraries and involvement with state agencies.
    • Develop improved methods of access to Pioneer’s resources, including simpler authentication and searching aggregation.
    • Provide statewide access to popular and educational downloadable e-books and audiobooks through collaborative purchasing.

Interlibrary Loans

  • Supply lifelong learning opportunities for users of smaller public libraries through robust statewide interlibrary loan services.
  • Support collaboration among libraries and government entities to build library catalogs that will enrich access to resources throughout the state.


  • Support collaboration among Utah’s libraries, especially in their digitization efforts.

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Provide statewide licensed library resources through Utah Futures, an educational collaborative that offers statewide career and training resources.
  • Support searches for employment opportunities through mobile library services to Utah’s rural communities.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Provide training for staff at all types of libraries statewide to ensure that they are comfortable using the e-materials, resources, and services available and that they can teach patrons how to use them to maximum advantage.
  • Promote best practices in library operations by collecting, analyzing, utilizing, and disseminating research and statistics.

Civic Engagement

Civic Collaboration

  • Develop and implement a strategy to promote Cradle to Career project collaboration with the Salt Lake County Library, Granite School District, Salt Lake City School District, Utah Futures, and others to improve all types of literacy.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Support lifelong learning by providing special format materials and equipment unavailable from other sources that will meet the informational and leisure reading needs of blind persons and persons with physical disabilities.
  • Develop and implement a pilot project to meet the needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and others who might not have access to mobile library services.

Information for New Immigrants

  • Partner with libraries to determine the needs and support required to enhance library services for new Americans.


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 Utah's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 9,680KB). 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 Utah's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 337KB).