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New York

Contact Name: 
Lauren Moore
Contact Title: 
State Librarian
State Library Address: 
New York State Library
222 Madison Avenue Room 10C34
12230 Albany , NY
+1 518 474 5930
+1 518 486 6880
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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.



“Local needs may vary, but reliable and equitable access to all forms of information statewide tops our list of goals. Improvement grants and partnerships support this effort. Literacy fluency is second, in all its forms, for all populations. Third is to ensure that our libraries’ staff provides exemplary service.” -- New York State Library

Project Examples

Ready to Read at New York Libraries

Ready to Read at New York Libraries

Coordinated by New York State Library staff, "Ready to Read at New York Libraries" provided training and resources to develop research-based early learning services and spaces for families with young children. The five-year "Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program" was developed with the intent to train more than 1,200 public library staff. The program takes a cost-effective, train-the-trainer approach. The final training model and toolkits are easily replicable and will be shared nationally. This program was developed with a 2014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Partnership development and consistent use of outcome-based evaluation to assess program impact are key strategies for success.
IMLS Funds: $134,076.00

Summer Reading at New York Libraries

Summer Reading at New York Libraries

The New York State Library (NYSL)'s Summer Reading at New York Libraries annual project focuses three goals. The first is to improve literacy and academic performance by promoting reading. The second is to improve children's access to library materials and activities that encourage them to become lifelong library users and learners. Finally, the program aims to foster a love of reading in young people through public library programs and services. The grant pays for dedicated NYSL staff, who coordinate and lead the program, and websites that provide access to program resources. NYSL is also a member of a national collaborative that creates the annual theme, program manual and slogans. Partners in recent years included 4-H, Hunger Solutions NY, New York Council for the Humanities, National Library of Medicine, NY State Reading Association, and the New York State Senate and Assembly.
IMLS Funds: $132,658.00

New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY)

New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) participants

The New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY), supported through the New York State Library (NYSL),  provides reliable, up-to-date information available only through database licensing/subscription. NOVELNY makes information available to all New York State libraries and allows all New Yorkers, regardless of economic, geographic or physical circumstances, to access to the same resources. The library community and the public were kept up to date on NOVELNY via its website, Facebook page, listserv messages (NYLINE), and fact sheets.  The New York State Library also created a flyer delivered with Department of Motor Vehicle car registration and driver license renewals.  This flyer was modified into a bookmark and posted on the NOVELNY website. Libraries can customize it with their library name.
IMLS Funds: $2,917,763.00

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 - New York (PDF 1.04 MB) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Goal 1: All New Yorkers will have improved access to library resources that advance and enhance their personal, educational and working lives.

  • Projects include:
    • New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY)
    • Making New York history materials accessible
    • Discovery services
    • Partnerships in resource sharing and access
    • Digitization and preservation program

Goal 2: The New York State Library, library systems and libraries will deliver new and improved library programs that anticipate and meet New Yorkers' constantly changing needs for library services.

  • Projects include:
    • Data for decision making
    • Building strong library leaders for New York

Goal 3: New Yorkers of all ages will perceive libraries as community learning spaces offering high-quality lifelong learning, literacy, and knowledge creation opportunities that enhance civic engagement and economic vitality.

  • Projects include:
    • Summer reading at New York libraries
    • Targeting library services to meet changing needs for literacy, education, and outreach
    • Ready to Read at New York libraries

Goal 4: All New Yorkers will benefit from statewide programs and services of the New York State Library that effectively leverage private and public funding through collaboration and partnerships and maximize value in order to achieve goals one, two and three.

  • Projects include:
    • Training and outreach
    • Data for decision making
    • Expanding library networking and collaboration
    • Advancing technology
    • Customer support to libraries
    • Customer support to individuals
    • Digitization and preservation program
    • Partnerships in resource sharing and access
    • Discovery services
    • Building strong library leaders for New York

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
October 11, 2019