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Library Services and Technology Act

Library Services and Technology Act

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.

For any questions or concerns about LSTA and LSTA funded programs, contact Karren Reish at or (517) 241-0021.



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.

LM is evaluating our LSTA Five-Year Plan this fall with surveys and focus groups with the Michigan library community. In 2022, we will submit a new Five-Year Plan to IMLS for approval, based on the evaluation responses and the federal guidelines. Please consider participating in the evaluation by responding to a fall survey or joining a virtual focus group with Growth Management Consultants.

For more information, our annual report and fact sheet detail LM's federally funded programs and activities in the last year. For 2020, only the fact sheet is available.

2020 LSTA Program Report:


ARPA Grants

LM is pleased to announce the 2021/2022 ARPA Capacity grant and the ARPA Equipment grant awards. The ARPA awards were made to twenty-one public libraries and three statewide organizations in the amount of $4,004,730. You can see an overview of the grant awards in the Library of Michigan ARPA Grants Overview.The Capacity grant program is for Michigan library cooperatives and statewide non-profits serving libraries. The Equipment grant program is for Michigan public libraries. 

LSTA Grants

LM is pleased to announce the 2021/2022 Improving Access to Information grants. We received 20 applications for a total of $335,000 and were able to fund 12 proposals for a total of $205,000. Congratulations to the libraries awarded grants! 

In the 2021 Public Library Services Grant program, LM awarded 139 grants for a total of $206,703. Look for information on the 2022 Public Library Services program in January. The Collaborative Library Services Grant is on hiatus for 2021/2022. Please see the respective grants sections below for more information on the grant program eligibility, application and deadline.

CARES Act Grant

The Library of Michigan 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 Federally Funded Grants

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 manufacturer of the equipment is not a banned company.

Updated 11/15/2021.