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State Librarian

Dr. Sandra G. Treadway
Librarian of Virginia
The Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-8000
Phone: 804/692-3535
Fax: 804/692-3594

State library website:

photo of Virginia State Librarian“Libraries’ basic public service goals aren’t new, but societal changes and technological advances have altered what the public wants from us and the ways in which we deliver services. Flexibility on our part is essential.  Right now, we are focusing on pilot projects that can be created and implemented quickly, then evaluated and refined.  The model is of rapid prototyping with evaluation and continuous improvement to better align our work with the public’s needs.”

--Sandra G. Treadway, Librarian of Virginia, The Library of Virginia


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
$4,196,825 $3,763,502 $3,741,963 $3,607,790 $3,693,415

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Project Examples

Youth Services
The Library of Virginia strengthened youth services throughout the state by developing early literacy activity stations, supporting a Winter Reading Program, a Day by Day calendar of preschool activities, libraries’ summer reading programs, and Tumblebooks, a collection of animated, talking picture books in English, Spanish, and French. The project also provided extensive training to staff, parents, and caregivers to ensure that children enter kindergarten with the necessary skills to succeed in school. Experts in the field provided online and in-person training sessions that addressed the use of play, library story times, reading at home to children, outreach to Spanish speaking communities, and library services for teens and people with autism. All training sessions sought to leave participants with a combination of materials and strategies that could be implemented immediately.
IMLS Funds: $180,217

Virginia Unique Collections
The Library of Virginia serves as the Commonwealth’s official archive related to state government and history, and also serves as the primary reference and research library for Virginia citizens and lawmakers. Grant funds helped support its collections through services related to conservation, filming, and scanning, the purchase of supplies, and salary support for cataloging and archival staff. These activities ensure that the library’s unique materials are preserved for future generations. During the project period, 19,123 bibliographic records were added to the library’s online catalog, over 50,000 pages of historic Virginia newspapers were filmed, digitized, and loaded into the new hosting module. An average of 7,238 visitors per day accessed these digital collections through the library’s website, representing over 140 countries.
IMLS Funds: $1,996,657

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 Virginia's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 50KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning


  • Engage young children, parents, caregivers, and professionals to build a nation of readers:
    • Create Early Literacy Activity Centers in public libraries and maintain support for them.
    • Each year, provide materials in print to public libraries for summer and winter reading programs for young children and their families.
  • Integrate Library of Virginia activities with those of the Commonwealth of Virginia and National Goals of Reading Readiness.

Online Learning

  • Engage young children, parents, and caregivers with daily early literacy activities:
    • Maintain, evaluate, and update the website, and promote the website and related resources in print and electronically.
    • Create a Spanish version of
  • Provide online resources and program support for public libraries to build a nation of readers:
    • Design an Early Literacy Activity Center online resource for librarians and others to provide guidance for parents and caregivers on how to make the most of the Centers in their communities.
    • Each year, provide materials online to public libraries for summer and winter reading programs for young children and their families.


  • Work with schools to alert students to the availability of online homework help and afterschool activities through their libraries.
  • Participate in the Virginia Early Childhood Advisory Committee by gathering and sharing information to align projects and activities with state goals and foster partnerships.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Provide lifelong learners and readers with access to digital e-books, newspaper and magazine articles, peer reviewed journals, and other e-published content, through Find It Virginia.
  • Assist public libraries in refreshing their webpages via the Public Library Interface Kit (Plinkit) with current information.
  • Provide Evergreen, an affordable open source integrated library system (ILS), to public libraries statewide, and encourage migration to Evergreen.
  • Pilot a progressive series of training programs aimed at novice and experienced genealogical researchers, and use the information gathered to launch a statewide genealogical training initiative.


  • Provide opportunities for more open sharing of digital cultural heritage materials and resources, fostering engagement with users of all ages and different disciplines.
  • Develop and launch a statewide portal for sharing digital cultural materials from public libraries, local historical societies, and other local cultural heritage organizations.
  • Continue to promote and host authors who are writing books about Virginia’s history and culture.

Economic and Employment Development

Business Resources

  • Assist small business owners in identifying pilot projects that bring public libraries and community organizations into partnerships of mutual advantage.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Engage professionals to lead training workshops for library staff throughout the state to build the staff’s ability to promote and build programs that will engage young and older children, as well as teens, parents, and caregivers in efforts to improve literacy and build the habit of reading.
  • Design and disseminate an online winter reading program manual for the staff at public libraries.
  • Create an online course for library staff throughout the state to support their efforts in reaching out to people in their communities for whom English is not their first language as well as people with special needs, and in letting these groups know about services offered at the library.
  • Support the training and development of proactive library leadership and skilled staff that can meet the challenges of the rapidly changing information-gathering environment.
  • Provide staff training through workshops, technology train-the-trainer initiatives, annually identifying and purchasing items for the technology petting zoos, and developing e-reader zoos that can be used to train the public.

Marketing and Market Research

  • Evaluate the services Virginia libraries offer in a careful, thorough, systematic manner.


  • Produce and post podcasts and vodcasts of the libraries’ public programming.
  • Allow Virginians to discover the full range of library materials and services through our libraries’ websites and with the use of mobile technology.

Civic Engagement


  • Foster innovative pilot projects that further library engagement with the community.
  • Expand programming, including panel discussions, film screenings, exhibit tours, and family events that highlight the libraries’ collections and exhibitions.

Access to Government Information

  • Facilitate access to e-government services by developing partnerships at the state level that will help local libraries and agencies find projects of mutual interest and work together.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Create partnerships with targeted agencies and organizations to better serve special populations.
  • Support lifelong learning for seniors through partnerships that will develop and evaluate pilot projects directed at the interests of people in this age group.


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 Virginia's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 684KB). 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 Virginia's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 373KB).