Contact Name
Mr. Greg Lucas
Contact Title
State Librarian of California
State Library Address

California State Library
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001
United States

Contact Email Address
Grants to State Programs

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.

    YearAllotment Value
    2020 $15,837,311.00
    2021 $15,723,840.00
    2022 $15,642,110.00
    2023 $15,905,100.00
    2024 $15,705,702.00
    5 Year Plan Text

    Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. View all states' plans.

    5 year plan
    Attachment Size
    california5yearplan.pdf 1.2 MB
    5 Year Evaluation Text

    At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. View all states' evaluations.

    5 year evaluation
    Attachment Size
    california5yearevaluation.pdf 4.68 MB
    Greg Lucas, State Librarian, California State Library

    “Our new Five-Year plan describes how we will use Library Services & Technology Act funds to fulfill the potential of our libraries and meet the needs and support the aspirations of our communities. The plan prioritizes equity-centered community engagement. The goals focus on key priority areas expressed by the California library community, respond to the documented needs of California’s residents, and align with the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s focal areas.” 

    - Greg Lucas, State Librarian, California State Library

    Project Examples

    The Workforce Partnership Initiative transport bus

    Workforce Partnership Initiative  
    The Workforce Partnership Initiative provided resources, training, networking, and support for staff in the cohort of California public libraries identified as having a willing partner in their local Labor and Workforce Development Agency office. Designed in partnership with the California State Labor and Workforce Development Agency in order to prevent a duplication of services, nine library jurisdictions and partner local workforce boards paired up. They shared resources, worked on joint job/career fairs, and explored other ways to work together, such as co-locating workforce resources in libraries, tracking referrals between agencies, and creating an asset map of other workforce resources in each community.
    IMLS Funds: $146,643 

    Families participating in the Libraries on the Spectrum Project

    Libraries on the Spectrum 
    The Libraries on the Spectrum Project encouraged families with autistic individuals of all ages to access their local public library to attend educational and recreational programs, borrow resources, and expand their personal networks in a library environment designed to be more comfortable and welcoming. All five public libraries in Imperial County, including Imperial County Free Library, Brawley Public Library, Camarena Memorial Library, El Centro Public Library, and Imperial Public Library, circulated a collection of autism-specific resources and tools and provided targeting programming to benefit families. This project helped families with autism, as well as empowered all library staff to serve these families.
    IMLS Funds: $80,960 

    Preparing to Respond and Recover Together banner

    Preparing to Respond and Recover Together  
    Preparing to Respond and Recover Together provided disaster preparedness coaching, mentorship and support to libraries in the NorthNet Library System (NLS) and statewide. The project helped to create and build a culture of disaster and emergency preparedness, empowered libraries to prepare before another disaster strikes, and encouraged highly valued peer-to-peer support. As a result of the project activities, NLS strengthened a regionwide network of support including lessons learned during COVID-19 and throughout a disastrous wildfire season. Ten diverse libraries participated in the preparedness training cohort and developed actionable plans that “go beyond the binder” to help them adapt to dynamic conditions. NLS member insights and tools created within the cohort training were captured at the project website 
    IMLS Funds: $90,000 

    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 or view the State Details Dashboard.

    Five-Year Plan Highlights

    Goal 1: Strengthen the ability of California libraries to design equitable programs and services in collaboration with their local communities.  

    • Projects include: 
      • Building equity-based summers in California   
      • Inspiration grant program  
      • Local and collaborative grant program  
      • Literacy initiatives  

    Goal 2: Expand the capacity of California library workers to create and implement services that impact communities equitably.  

    • Projects include: 
      • California Libraries Learn (CALL), offering professional development training for the library community  
      • Get Involved (volunteer engagement)  
      • Public Library Staff Education Program  
      • Internship program

    Goal 3: Broaden data-driven planning and decision-making centered on community impact.  

    • Projects include: 
      • Equity-based, data driven decision-making for community impact  
      • Public Libraries Survey  

    Goal 4: Strengthen equitable resource-sharing and access to information, services, and opportunity with an emphasis on local community strengths and challenges.  

    • Projects include: 
      • Braille and Talking Book Library  
      • California Revealed (local history collections)  
      • CopyCat grant program (adapt previously funded projects)  
      • eBooks-for-All platform  
      • Networking California library resources  
      • Resource-sharing for Californians  
      • Statewide strategic library development  
      • Theme-based grant program  

    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. To interact with the latest data, please visit the SLAA Survey Comparison Tool.

    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.