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North Dakota

Contact Name: 
Ms. Mary J. Soucie
Contact Title: 
State Librarian
State Library Address: 
North Dakota State Library
604 E. Boulevard Avenue Dept. 250
58505-0800 Bismarck , ND
+1 701 328 2492
+1 701 328 2040
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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.


“We plan to digitize state documents and continue to fund databases statewide. We’ll conduct site visits and lead staff training onsite. We’ll also encourage the use of templates we’ve formulated to guide local libraries as they build their strategic plans, and will consult and follow-up on these efforts.”

-- Mary Soucie, State Librarian, North Dakota State Library 

Project Examples

Reference and Information Services
The North Dakota State Library delivers reference and information services statewide to librarians, students, ND state agency employees, teachers, and directly to North Dakota citizens. Reference and information requests are taken electronically, through the US mail, by telephone and from walk-in patrons. This service is particularly important in North Dakota, where 42 percent of the counties have no countywide public library service.
IMLS Funds: $169,692

Statewide Databases
The North Dakota State Library grant provides access to numerous databases including Tutor; Britannica Children's Edition; Novelist; Library Ideas Super Bundle with Freegal Music, Freegal Movies, Rocket Languages and Freading eBooks; Zinio; Ancestry Library Edition; Universal Class; and OCLC WorldCat. All databases are available remotely, which for the large geographical area of North Dakota provides equal access to all citizens. Ancestry Library Edition is only available at a library.
IMLS Funds: $336,413

Interlibrary Loan Services
The North Dakota State Library grant provides interlibrary loan services to individual citizens, students, state government employees, and libraries.  Grant funds pay for a contract with Minitex, which provides materials owned outside the state.  It also funds a subscription to Online Dakota Information Network, a database of North Dakotan library materials that make interlibrary loan possible.
IMLS Funds: $158,965

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

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Goal 1: Information Access - The North Dakota State Library enhances access to information by providing libraries, citizens, government agencies, and other key stakeholders with access to materials, electronic resources, and professional staff to meet the informational needs of all North Dakotans.

  • Projects include:
    • Maintain, expand and promote statewide databases
    • Provide and expand access to talking books for the visually impaired and physically disabled
    • Offer education on digitization and guidance on digitization standards
    • Facilitate discussions regarding the future of digitization and new technologies
    • Expand statewide interlibrary loan
    • Maintain a diverse collection that meets the needs of unserved communities
    • Offer professional reference services to library staff, government, and all North Dakotans. 

Goal 2: Institutional Capacity and Support - The North Dakota State Library provides services and resources towards advancing and improving the institutional capacity of the state’s library community to meet the demands of the public and support the continued professional development and training of the state’s library workforce.

  • Projects include:
    • Provide continued library development programming and resources to assist libraries in meeting the needs of their patrons and communities. 

    • Provide ongoing continuing education and professional development opportunities to librarians and library staff across North Dakota through workshops, seminars, and specialized trainings. 

    • Provide MLS grants. 

    • Offer IT support to libraries to ensure North Dakota libraries are equipped to meet the informational, educational, and service needs of their patrons. 

    • Provide marketing support and assist libraries in outreach to patrons and other stakeholders. 

    • Coordinate the annual statewide summer reading program 

Goal 3: Lifelong Learning - The North Dakota State Library strives to enrich the lives of North Dakotans by offering services and programs that support and promote continued lifelong learning.

  • Projects include:
    • Public outreach activities, such as workshops and events
    • Provide library and information materials to North Dakota libraries, state agencies, and the public
    • Provide current and relevant databases and promote their availability
    • Share resources among North Dakota libraries
    • Develop partnerships with relevant state agencies, schools, and community-based organizations

Goal 4: Human Services - The North Dakota State Library provides all North Dakotans with access to relevant library services, resources, and information that effectively addresses personal and professional needs of individuals and the civic, cultural, and economic needs of our communities.

  • Projects include:
    • Explore and facilitate a statewide financial literacy program
    • Continue to provide and promote the annual summer reading program
    • Provide statewide cataloging services
    • Grow workforce development programs 
though partnerships with local and state government
    • Develop partnerships that increase access to information resources
    • Develop relationships with North Dakota’s tribal communities and libraries

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