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Virgin Islands

Contact Name: 
Arlene Pinney-Benjamin
Contact Title: 
Acting Director
State Library Address: 
Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums
8100 Lindberg Bay, Suite No. 61 Cyril E. King Terminal Building, 2nd Floor
00820 St. Croix , VI
+1 340 774 0630
+1 340 775 1887
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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 support the pursuit of learning, the development of an informed citizenry, and the preservation, promotion of historical, cultural and public records. We will also continue to provide service to the Government and people of the United States Virgin Islands.”

-- Arlene Pinney-Benjamin, Acting Director, Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Project Examples

Enhance Library Awareness / Foster Collaborations
The Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) partnered with several organizations throughout the Virgin Islands to promote literacy, especially initiatives that engage children. DLAM used bookmobile outreach for a number of these programs, including the annual Governor's Summer Reading Challenge. This program targets kindergarten through 6th grade students in all public, private and parochial schools in the Virgin Islands. DLAM also partnered with the University of the Virgin Islands for the Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLoC) project. This work digitized and made freely available 3,000 pages of The Herald, a historic newspaper. Together with partners, DLAM also participated in the town of Frederiksted’s first Children’s Book and Film Festival, which was targeted to children ages 5-13. The festival included a book reading and giveaway, a film presentation of the book, and a student guide for comparing and contrasting the book and film.
IMLS Funds: $1,194

Virgin Islands Automated Library System Project
The Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) expanded the scope of its catalog, the Virgin Islands Automated Library System (VIALS), which provides access to library materials for 40,000 users. During the grant period, staff cataloged approximately 3,200 new items, including the Virgin Islands’ and Caribbean Collections. The project trained staff on consistent data entry, which lead to more efficient retrieval and display of VIALS data. Staff also installed security strips on books and media. Ultimately, VIALS improved library services through technology and through access to electronic resources.
IMLS Funds: $93,235

Virgin Islands Broadband Initiative and E-Rate Participation
The Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) provided five Public Computing Centers (PCCs) throughout the territory to help serve the information needs of all residents, including those with disabilities. These facilities are managed and supported by library personnel using computer lab management software. The PCCs leverage territory-wide broadband infrastructure and E-Rate funded access to the Internet. The project improved connectivity and technology in the Virgin Islands.
IMLS Funds: $0 (match funds only)

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: Expand basic library services to address the needs of the community due to the effects after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

  • Projects include:
    • Partnerships with local shelters, schools, and non-profit groups and organizations
    • Partnerships with governmental agencies to assist with job training, digital literacy skills, and other support services
    • Partnerships with local churches to establish basic literacy programs

Goal 2: Identify and establish quantitative and qualitative data gathering protocols, outcome measurement strategies and reporting criteria for monitoring, evaluating and improving public library services, programs and projects.

  • Projects include:
    • Assessment of library services for data monitoring and recording
    • Routine performance metrics data analysis
    • IMLS Five-Year Evaluation for 2018-2022
    • Consultant to assist with E-rate filing for subsidized broadband funding

Goal 3: Provide educational opportunities for library personnel.

  • Projects include:
    • Trainings and educational seminars
    • Webinars, online courses, certified programs and other professional courses

Goal 4: Continue to expand on the scope of the Virgin Islands Automated Library System (VIALS).

  • Projects include:
    • Authentication of VIALS subject authority listings
    • Community Information and Newspaper index capability
    • Inventory of all major collections
    • Special collections of Caribbean holdings
    • Access for persons with visual and hearing impairments

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