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Puerto Rico

Contact Name: 
Aixamar Gonzalez-Martinez
Contact Title: 
Acting Director of the Library and Information Services Program
State Library Address: 
Library and Information Services Program, Puerto Rico Department of Education
Post Office Box 190759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759
+1 787 773 3534
Contact Email Address: 

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.


“Our immediate effort will focus on technology resources and our ability to offer virtual services for all library users.  We’re planning staff training, with an emphasis on leadership and technology training skills. The goal is to provide, support, and expand library programs and services to Puerto Ricans of all ages and backgrounds.”

-- Aixamar Gonzalez-Martinez, Acting Director, Library and Information Services Program

Project Examples

Integración Gigante para Personas con Discapacidades
This project ran workshops for users with disabilities in the city of Carolina. The library system in this city serves more than 87,000 people, of whom nearly 35,000 have a disability. The project integrated assisted technology and programs in the five libraries that serve the city’s highest population of people with disabilities. Grant funds helped acquire assisted technology and related software. One training workshop helped library staff learn to use the specialized equipment and software. Another trained people who are blind on how to use a Braille keyboard and related software. A final workshop addressed online and digital resources for people who are blind or otherwise disabled.
IMLS Funds: $9,995

Sistema Educativo de San Juan: Liderando el Aprendizaje hacia la Tecnología de la Información
The Library of the School of San Juan trained students in computer technology, reading motivation, and information search skills. It also helped students develop special projects that used technology and the printed collection. The School of San Juan is a bilingual school that serves 470 students from all socio-economic levels from pre-K to high school. The school library is essential for the development of lifelong readers and teaching students to make informed, research-based decisions. Grant funds supported the purchase of technology and printed materials. The program was successful in incorporating hands-on learning with the curriculum.
IMLS Funds: $10,000

LSTA Statewide Project - Maintenance to the M3 Library Automation System
The Library and Information Services Program of the Puerto Rico Department of Education used grant funds to support a library automation system, which allows users to rapidly access information from the library collection. The system benefited nearly 800 public and school libraries and has approximately 330,000 users. The M3 System supports curriculum integration, reading motivation, and the development of special projects. Part of the project focused on familiarizing users with the system through group and individual training. Nearly 65,000 participants learned the new technology and database skills. During the grant period, the library entered more than a half million records in the system, and users developed more than 3,000 reading activities.
IMLS Funds: $520,840

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.

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Goal 1: Provide virtual library services to residents of Puerto Rico for the improvement of learning and access to information and educational updated resources in a variety of formats, providing special attention to databases, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages, in order to support individual needs such as the improvement of the academic performance of Puerto Rico’s public school students, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills.

  • Projects include:
    • Statewide projects for virtual library development for school and public libraries, such as BIVECAS21 (Virtual Library Learning Center for the 21st Century)
    • Hardware, software, e-books, and databases subscriptions
    • Virtual Library of the Department of Education collaboration
    • Competitive sub-award opportunities

Goal 2: Provide, support, improve and expand library programs and services to the people of Puerto Rico that belong to diverse geographic, cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds, including senior citizens, persons with disabilities and to individuals with limited literacy and information skills.

  • Projects include:
    • Technology workshops including Internet access, e-mail and computer training
    • WI-FI Internet access
    • Information skills related to health care, employment, financial planning and other lifelong learning areas
    • Programs that promote pre-school readiness and students’ academic success
    • Integrated curricular activities to improve academic achievement
    • Competitive sub-award opportunities

Goal 3: Provide training and professional development, including continuing education to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services, providing special attention to the development of libraries as tools to reduce inequality in the access to information and digital divide.

  • Projects include:
    • Professional development training workshops
    • Competitive sub-award opportunities

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. Data are collected from more than 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Explore state-level profiles to find and compare totals on key data such as numbers of libraries and librarians, revenue and expenditures, and collection sizes.

Content last reviewed on
January 23, 2019