Contact Name
Ms. Lauren Moore
Contact Title
State Librarian
State Library Address

New York State Library
222 Madison Avenue
Room 10C34
Albany, NY 12230
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
    2019 $8,200,921.00
    2020 $8,201,170.00
    2021 $8,147,500.00
    2022 $8,399,826.00
    2023 $8,514,600.00
    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
    newyork5yearplan.pdf 471.45 KB
    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
    newyork5yearevaluation.pdf 1.12 MB
    Lauren Moore, State Librarian

    "The New York State Library serves over 7000 libraries across the state. Through the Grants to States program the State Library serves all New Yorkers by championing lifelong learning and providing statewide programs and services such as Summer Reading at New York Libraries and Ready to Read at New York Libraries. The State Library also promotes diversity, equity and inclusion; digital inclusion efforts; and professional development for library staff and trustees. Through partnerships with regional library systems, offices within the State Education Department, other government agencies and other organizations the State Library demonstrates excellence in public services, strengthens community engagement and advances collections stewardship."
    -- Lauren Moore, State Librarian

    Project Examples

    photo collage of various library display cases

    Summer Reading at New York Libraries 
    The New York State Library (NYSL)'s Summer Reading at New York Libraries is an annual project with three goals: to improve literacy and academic performance by promoting reading; to improve children's access to library materials and activities that encourage them to become lifelong library users and learners; and to foster a love of reading in young people through public library programs and services. The grant supported themed materials, staff time to coordinate the program and maintain related websites, and an online product to facilitate registration and participation. Partners in recent years included 4-H, Hunger Solutions New York, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York State Reading Association, and the New York State Senate and Assembly. 
    IMLS Funds: $181,010 


    Young child sitting in chair, holding a large book

    Ready to Read at New York Libraries 
    Ready to Read at New York Libraries is a statewide early literacy program coordinated by the New York State Library (NYSL). It is designed to raise the level of early literacy expertise and resources that New York's public libraries provide to young children, families, and caregivers in their communities. During the project period, professional development opportunities shifted to virtual formats and included Supercharged Storytimes for All sessions and webinars featuring early literacy practitioners and experts in the field. In addition to training, NYSL staff created and maintained the DayByDayNY family literacy calendar site, which includes a subscription to One More Story, and provided 450 consultations during the grant period. 
    IMLS Funds: $107,402 


    Achieving Digital Equity in New York publication cover

    Digital Inclusion
    Using CARES Act stimulus funds, the New York State Library (NYSL) provided state-level leadership to advance digital equity and inclusion efforts. Together with other state government agencies, NYSL staff worked to ensure that New Yorkers had access to affordable, robust broadband internet service as well as the devices, training, and support needed to fully benefit from online opportunities. During the project period, NYSL and its partners offered three Digital Equity Summits for library professionals and other representatives that culminated in a report to inform next steps. Additionally, the NYSL supported a broadband infrastructure needs and technology assessment pilot to gauge feasibility for a standard assessment of library IT infrastructure statewide. 
    IMLS Funds: $123,598 

    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: The New York State Library will champion lifelong learning. 

    • Projects include:
      • Summer Reading at New York Libraries 
      • Ready to Read at New York Libraries (early literacy) 
      • Transforming Teen Services 
      • New York State Library public programming 
      • New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) 

    Goal 2: The New York State Library will demonstrate excellence in public services to and through its library systems and libraries. 

    • Projects include:
      • Building strong library leaders
      • Data for decision making 
      • Expanding Library networking and collaboration 

    Goal 3: The New York State Library will strengthen community engagement and promote social wellbeing. 

    • Projects include:
      • Diversity, equity, and inclusion activities
      • Digital inclusion 
      • Community engagement and outreach to underserved populations 

    Goal 4: The New York State Library will advance collections stewardship and access. 

    • Projects include:
      • Digitization
      • New York State government documents 
      • Preservation and discoverability 
      • Research Library services for libraries
      • Research Library services for researchers
      • Digital services 

    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.