CARES Act Grants

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.

    For occasional program announcements, you can sign up for the LSTA Listserv.


    The Library of Michigan provides a range of services and programs to public, academic and school libraries and librarians as well as Michigan residents.

    2019 LSTA Program Reports:


    Grant Programs

    The 2020 Public Library Services Grant program and the 2020/2021 Collaborative Library Services Grant and Improving Access to Information Grant programs are closed. 2021/2022 program information will be available in January 2021. Please see the respective grants sections below for more information on the grant programs and applications.

    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.

    2020/2021 Collaborative Library Services Grant program has been CANCELED.

    2020/2021 Improving Access to Information Grants

    We are pleased to award ten Improving Access to Information grants in 2020 for a total of $172,248. The new grant awards are the Alpena County Library ($7,693), Capital Area District Library ($25,000), Central Michigan University Libraries ($24,927), Ferris State University Library ($8,305), Menominee County ($9,700), Presque Isle District Library ($15,084), Taylor Community Library ($16,730), Traverse Area District Library ($14,809), Walsh College ($25,000) and Warren Public Library ($25,000). The grant programs include historic digitization, digital inclusion and open educational resources (OER).

    2020 Public Library Services Grants

    We were pleased to award 84 grants for summer 2020 programs for a total of $140,092.

    Updated 09/15/2020.

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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.

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Other Funding

  • Other Funding

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

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