Library Services and Technology Act:

    IMLS The Library of Michigan supports statewide initiatives and competitive grant programs for libraries with federal funds received under the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010.

    The Institute for Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency, provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies to improve and support library, museum and information services. The legislation outlines the following broad priorities, excerpted below:

    • expanding services for learning and access to information ... ;
    • establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries ... ;
    • providing training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce ... ;
    • developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;
    • targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills;
    • developing library services that provide all users access to information ...

    Contact Karren Reish at or (517) 241-0021 with any LSTA related questions.


    The Library of Michigan provides a range of services and programs to public, academic and school libraries and librarians as well as Michigan residents. You can find details about these programs and their impact below.


    2019 Grants

    The Collaborative Library Services Grant program timeline has changed. Funding availability and any change in program priorities will be announced in December for grants that begin October 1, 2019. If funding is available, an Intent to File form will be due January 31, 2019 and the application will be due May 31, 2019.

    2018 Public Library Services Grants

    The Public Library Services Grant program grants have been awarded. The Library of Michigan awarded 71 libraries a combined total of $118,295. The applications were for a wide range of creative programs. 2018 Grantees List.

    2017-2018 Collaborative Library Services Grants

    Grand Rapids Public Library and Niles District Library have been awarded Collaborative Library Services grants this year. Niles District Library is doing the Social Workers in Rural and Small Libraries project. It is a three-year grant for $200,615 and includes partner libraries in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties as well as Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work. Grand Rapids Public Library is doing the Project FEEDS (Financially Educating Economically Disadvantaged Students. It is a two-year grant for $100,000 and includes Junior Achievement and local businesses as partners.

    Three sponsorship grants were also awarded to The Library Network, the Michigan Library Association, and the Michigan Academic Libraries Association. Each grant is to support statewide training and activities in the amount of $5,000.

    Previous Grant Programs

    • We awarded 68 Public Library Services grants 2017.
    • We awarded 4 Collaborative Library Services grants and 4 Collaborative Library Services sponsorships in 2017.

    The LSTA contact list is for occasional announcements relating to the Library Services and Technology Act.