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Civic Engagement

IMLS has a proud legacy of supporting the critical work that museums and libraries do to engage the citizens in their communities and expand access to and information on voting.


Libraries and museums are making great strides in improving learning in science, technology, engineering and math.


Museums and libraries can best serve the public by making their programs, collections, and facilities as widely accessible as possible.


Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. IMLS supports a number of initiatives to expand broadband access to marginalized groups, thereby increasing digital inclusion.

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Community Catalyst Initiative

The Community Catalyst Initiative challenges museums and libraries to transform how they collaborate with their communities.

Professional Development

IMLS funds programs that invest in recruitment, education, and professional development opportunities for museum and library professionals.


Libraries and museums are trusted stewards of the objects and information that represent the artistic, cultural, historical, and scientific foundations of our nation’s shared heritage.


Community Salute is an IMLS initiative aimed at strengthening the ability of libraries, archives, and museums to respond to the needs of the nation’s 22 million veterans and military families.

Digital Initiatives

Museums and libraries play a key role in providing and preserving access to digital information.

Workforce Development

Libraries provide an essential resource to job seekers. Through libraries, job seekers can access employment services and training, which can lead to better jobs and improved career pathways.

Early Learning

Libraries and museums reach millions of children every year. As institutions that encourage curiosity and exploration, they can play a powerful role in shaping children’s early cognitive development.


IMLS invests in making by supporting learning spaces in libraries and museums that foster innovation and experimentation through design thinking and project-based learning for people of all ages.