• Original document from a letter from Anne Broughton
    Folger Shakespeare Library's Revival of a Lost Art

    With an IMLS grant, paleography—the rare practice of deciphering 16th and 17th century English handwriting—is helping unlock the past.

  • Announcing 2018 Winners for Nation's Highest Honor
    Announcing 2018 Winners for Nation's Highest Honor

    IMLS has named the 10 libraries and museums to receive the award.

  • April 2018 Project Profile Children Building Animals
    Cultivating Curiosity with Science and Research

    The Lincoln Park Zoo's snow monkey exhibit uses interpretive programming to feature the science of animal care and zoology.

  • IMLS grants $10.4 Million to 42 Library Projects Nationwide
    IMLS Announces $10.4 Million for 42 Library Projects

    The grants were awarded through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.


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See the impact of IMLS in your state through grants, events, features, and research making a difference where you live.

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Grants to States

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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2018 IMLS Project Profile

Cultivating Curiosity at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo exhibit on Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, brings science and research to the forefront with interpretive programming..

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