• 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
    Watch the 2018 Medal Ceremony

    Watch video coverage of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service ceremony.

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    Cultivating Curiosity with Science and Research

    The Lincoln Park Zoo's snow monkey exhibit uses interpretive programming to feature the science of animal care and zoology.

  • IMLS grants $10.4 Million to 42 Library Projects Nationwide
    IMLS Announces $10.4 Million for 42 Library Projects

    The grants were awarded through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.


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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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See the impact of IMLS in your state through grants, events, features, and research making a difference where you live.

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Grants to States

The Grants to States program is the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. Using a population based formula, more than $150 million is distributed among the State Library Administrative Agencies every year.

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2018 IMLS Project Profile

Cultivating Curiosity at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo exhibit on Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, brings science and research to the forefront with interpretive programming..

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