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IMLS Acknowledgement Requirements

The guidelines below refer to “credit line,” “logo,” and “IMLS boilerplate language.” Here’s what we mean by those terms:


"This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [include IMLS grant number when space allows]."

You may choose to include this acknowledgment in Spanish:
“Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas, [include IMLS grant number when space allows]."


IMLS Logos are available in color and black and white and in a variety of formats, including JPG, BMP, EPS, and GIF. The IMLS Logo Standards Guide describes the agency’s symbol, brandmark and wordmark and how to use them with the authorized colors, sizing, and positioning.


“The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


In materials that contain or present substantive project content, such as an exhibition, article, catalogue or other publication, video documentary, or online exhibition or website, the acknowledgement must also include the following statement: “The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) (article) do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.” If you have any question about whether your product requires this statement, please contact the Office of Communications and Government Affairs at 202-653-4757.

Acknowledgment of Support in Grant Products

You must include an acknowledgment of IMLS support in all grant products, publications, and websites developed with IMLS funding. Acknowledgment should include the credit line, with grant number, and the IMLS logo, where space permits. Posters or brochures about IMLS-funded programs and projects may also include the IMLS logo. Online products, publications, and websites must link to the IMLS website,, include the IMLS logo and/or the credit line or boilerplate.

Acknowledgment of Support in Publicity and Public Events


The IMLS boilerplate and logo should be used in your press releases.


You may make use of the social media messages IMLS generates on the day of the grant award announcement. On that day, you can  retweet the IMLS tweet about the grant program awards and “like” or comment on the IMLS Facebook update ( If you issue your own posts, be sure to include @US_IMLS in your tweets and on your Facebook page.


IMLS support should be orally acknowledged during all news media interviews, including radio, television, and press conferences.


At programs or public gatherings related to your award, acknowledge IMLS orally. Display the logo on signage at events. See the IMLS Logos page for details.


Audio/video broadcasts must include the tagline, “This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.” Video broadcasts must display the IMLS logo.

If you have questions regarding the forms of acknowledgment, contact the Office of Communications and Government Affairs at 202-653-4757.