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IMLS to Award $154.8 Million to States to Improve Library Services

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today released its Fiscal Year 2015 allotment table for 56 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), totaling $154,848,000. These annual grants represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S.

The grants allocate a base amount to each of the SLAAs, plus a supplemental amount based on population. The agency’s Grants to States program provides federal funds as a supplement to existing state library services rather than a replacement for state funding, and it assures local involvement through financial matching requirements. The newly released allotment table identifies both the federal (66%) and state match share (34%) for each SLAA.

States and their subrecipients have used Grants to States funds to provide a variety of services and programs, including access to electronic databases, computer instruction, summer reading programs, digitization of special collections, access to e-books and adaptive technology, bookmobile service, and outreach programs to the underserved.

To find out more about how funds are used in each state, visit the state profile pages.

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Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies