Library Services and Technology Act


    IMLS logoThe Library of Michigan supports statewide initiatives and competitive grant programs for libraries with federal funds received under the Museum and Library Services Act of 2018.

    The Institute for Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency, provides funds under this legislation 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 ...

    The Library of Michigan's Five-Year Plan for Michigan, October 2017 - September 2022 describes the current goals for LSTA funded services to Michigan libraries.

    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 through LSTA and other federal funding.

    In 2021, LM will begin an evaluation of the LSTA Five-Year Plan and in 2022, we will submit a new Five-Year Plan to IMLS for approval. We will be reaching out to the Michigan library community for feedback and comments on the evaluation and new plan. 

    For more information, our annual report and fact sheet detail LM's federally funded programs and activities in the last year. The reports for our 2020 funds are delayed and will be out this summer.

    2019 LSTA Program Reports:


    ARPA Grants

    LM is pleased to announce the ARPA Capacity grant program and the ARPA Equipment grant program. The applications are due July 15, 2021 for grants that will run from September 2021 to September 30, 2022. The Capacity grant program is open to MIchigan library cooperatives and statewide non-profits serving libraries. The Equipment grant program is open to Michigan public libraries. More information on the grant priorities and guidelines is in the individual grant sections linked below. 

    LSTA Grants

    LM is pleased to announce the 2021 Public Library Services Grant program grants. We awarded 139 grants for a total of $206,703. The 2021/2022 Improving Access to Information Grant program is closed and 2021 grantees will be announced in August. Please see the respective grants sections below for more information on the grant program eligibility, application and deadline. The Collaborative Library Services Grant is on hiatus for 2021/2022.

    CARES Act Grant

    The Library of Michigan has awarded $750,924 in CARES Act grants to 294 Michigan public libraries. You can see an overview of the grant awards and the list of libraries awarded grants in the Library of Michigan CARES Act Grants Overview.

    Tech Ban for Federal Funds

    Grantees may not purchase telecommunications or video surveillance equipment or services from companies with an Exclusion in their record. Please check when purchasing technology equipment to confirm the company you want to purchase from is not a banned company.

    Updated 06/08/2021.


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grants

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Small Grants

Large Grants

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Resources and Research

Previous Fiscal Years

  • Previous Fiscal Years

    Find previous annual reports, fact sheets and Five-Year Plans for Library Services & Technology Act funds here.

    Explore Previous Fiscal Years

Other Funding

  • Other Funding

    Additional federal, state and private funding resources and services for libraries, both large and small.

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