• 2017 National Medal Winner
    Nation's Highest Honor for Museums and Libraries...

    The 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are recognized for making exceptional contributions to their communities.

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    Plan Your Next IMLS Museum Application: Two New...

    It's never too early to start planning your next IMLS museum grant application. Want to get a head start? Explore the FY 2018 Guide to Museum Funding Programs and Opportunities and the IMLS Office of Museum Services Update for FY 2016...

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    Empowering Individual History Makers: The Story of Maine...

    The Maine Historical Society is embarking on the next phase of inclusion: empowering individuals to contribute to the Maine Memory Network.

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IMLS Statement on the President’s Proposed FY 2018 Budget

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has provided critical support enabling museums and libraries across the country to make a tremendous difference in their communities. Read more

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The Grants to States program is the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. Using a population based formula, more than $150 million is distributed among the State Library Administrative Agencies every year.

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Vietnam Veteran Bill Hinderer hosts a story slam during a night of storytelling at the Maine Historical Society.

Empowering Individual History Makers: The Story of Maine Memory Network and My Maine Stories

The Maine Historical Society is embarking on the next phase of inclusion: empowering individuals to contribute to the Maine Memory Network.

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IMLS recently awarded a number of grants for projects that will result in new tools and collaborations related to digital collections in libraries and archives.
The FY 2018 budget request includes funding for a closeout of IMLS operations starting in fiscal year 2018.
IMLS announced the 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.

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