Contact Name
Ms. Amy DeSorbo
Contact Title
Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives, and Museums
State Library Address

U.S. Virgin Islands Public Library System
8100 Lindberg Bay, Suite No. 61
Cyril E. King Terminal Building, 2nd Floor
St. Thomas, VI 00820
United States

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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
    2018 $100,604.00
    2019 $101,037.00
    2020 $100,443.00
    2021 $100,043.00
    2022 $92,639.00
    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
    virginislands5yearplan.pdf 2.54 MB
    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
    virginislands5yearevaluation.pdf 3.83 MB

    “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.”

    -- U.S. Virgin Islands Public Library System

    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.

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    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

    Goal 5: Extend on the partnership with viNGN (Virgin Islands Next Generation Network) to connect people with Technology, Digital Literacy, access to Virgin Islands Collections Online, and continue to expand on the scope of the Virgin Islands Automated Library System (VIALS).

    • Projects include:
      • Workable definition development for the special collections of Caribbean holdings 
      • Partnerships with government agencies
      • Partnerships with local radio and government television stations 

    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.