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Access to Content and Collections

Libraries and museums are using broadband to expand access to content and create communities where all people have the ability to access and use information technologies.

Public Hearing: Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact
On April 17, 2014, IMLS held a public hearing to examine the need for high speed broadband in America’s libraries. IMLS is charged with advising the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public.

Building Digital Communities logoNational Initiative: Building Digital Communities 
Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. Libraries, businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments face difficult decisions about how to create and sustain access to broadband technologies.

Events and Webinars

Awarded Grants

Institution Log Number Program Fiscal Year Award
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums RE-06-12-0068-12 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $500,000.00
University of Texas at Austin, School of Information RE-51-12-0040-12 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $44,790.00
University of Arizona RE-51-13-0004-13 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $47,915.00
University of Alabama RE-55-11-0117-11 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $24,007.00
University of Southern California, Libraries RE-56-12-0077-12 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $20,713.00
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums RE-56-13-0080-13 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $50,000.00
Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science RE-71-12-0023-12 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $261,967.00
Old State House Museum ST-03-10-0004-10 $26,032.00
South Carolina Research Foundation ST-03-10-0010-10 $192,482.00
New York Public Library Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations RE-06-09-0105-09 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $577,941.00