February 19, 2016


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard 

IMLS to Award States More Than $155 Million for Library Services

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today released its Fiscal Year 2016 allotment table for 56 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), totaling $155,789,000. These annual grants to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the United States.

The agency’s Grants to States program allocates a base amount to each of the SLAAs plus a supplemental amount based on population. These federal funds supplement rather than replace state funding for existing state library services, and the program 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 for a range of projects that respond to the purposes and priorities outlined in the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These have included summer reading programs, access to electronic databases and e-books, and programming targeted to underserved populations.

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

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies