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Dr. Nancy C. Pack
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Alabama Public Library Service
6030 Monticello Drive
36130-6000 Montgomery , AL
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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.


“People turn to their libraries now for education as well as for entertainment. We also see our libraries becoming true community centers, especially in our smaller locations, and that gives us the responsibility of providing programming and services that benefit the whole spectrum of users in each place.”

-- Alabama Public Library Service

Project Examples

Communities- Art, Music, Writing
The Daphne Public Library received a Strengthening Communities grant. This grant enabled the library to provide equipment and programs on science, technology, research, art, and creative activities, such as writing and illustration. This project served community members of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities. It included many projects that involved family members from multiple generations. The high level of community participation (3,653 people participated in a community of 24,400) demonstrated the library’s value as a "training camp" for patrons who want to try something new without incurring a large financial expense.
IMLS Funds: $20,000

Communities- Small Business Resource Center
The Wilcox County Library received a Strengthening Communities grant to pilot a project helping residents learn the skills to run small home-based or online businesses.  The subject chosen for the first year was arts and crafts. Wilcox County is one of the poorest counties in Alabama and has one of the highest unemployment rates in the U.S.  This rural county has a population of approximately 12,000. It has few local businesses and commuting to other areas is difficult. Forty-four classes were held on arts and crafts instruction and how to start a home business. The library has limited meeting space, so it worked with a local business to provide space for larger classes. The classes trained local residents to produce products or services that could be used to better themselves economically.
IMLS Funds: $20,000

Seniors Deposit Collection
A Collection Development grant was issued to the Greenville-Butler County Public Library to establish a rotating large print collection at area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior centers.  This collection of approximately 300 books provide residents, who are unable to visit the library, with easy access to current materials. This program helped the library expand its community partnerships to assisted living facilities and senior care centers. It also supported the library's mission to foster lifelong learning and offer informational services to as many citizens as possible.
IMLS Funds: $8,000

Review recent Grants to States projects from this state library in the State Program Report database.

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.

View the IMLS funding by state report - Alabama (PDF) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Goal 1: Strengthen the capacity, staff expertise and board effectiveness of Alabama public libraries through training, continuing education, and other learning and networking opportunities.

  • Projects include:
    • Training and continuing education
    • Networking and sharing best practices
    • Grants for MLS/MLIS degrees

Goal 2: Support library programs, services, collections and partnerships that promote learning and literacy. Serve children, youth, adults and families, including underserved populations. Enhance education, civic engagement, cultural opportunities and economic vitality of Alabama and its residents.

  • Projects include:
    • Summer reading program
    • Grants for programs, services, collections, and partnerships
    • Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    • Support for the information needs of state employees

Goal 3: Provide statewide access to electronic resources and cooperative services. Increase public awareness and use of libraries for information access, knowledge, ideas and cultural heritage.

  • Projects include:
    • Statewide electronic resources and linkages
    • Technology, equipment and related support services
    • Marketing and public relations for LSTA-funded projects

IMLS Data Collection

State Library Administrative Agency Survey
The State Library Administrative Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Libraries Survey
The Public Libraries Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Explore state profiles representing more than 9,000 public library systems and over 17,000 public library outlets.

Content last reviewed on
January 23, 2019