Grant and Aid Programs

Grants

The California State Library administers federal and state funding programs related to library development and cooperation, and civil liberties public education.

Grant programs

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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

PURPOSE: Provide funding for California’s libraries from the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian. The funds are used to provide financial support for service improvements; to facilitate access to, and sharing of, resources and services between libraries and between libraries and partner institutions; and to achieve economical and effective delivery of services for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry.


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California Civil Liberties Public Education program

PURPOSE: Sponsor public educational activities and development of educational materials to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of civilians and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry will be remembered so that the causes and circumstance of this and similar events may be illuminated and understood. This program is administered by the California State Library.


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California Library Services Act (CLSA)

PURPOSE: California public libraries engaged in cooperative efforts with neighboring libraries are supported through state funding provided through the California Library Services Act (CLSA), specifically designed to assist and encourage such interlibrary cooperation. The program is administered by the 13-member California Library Services Board. Funding is allocated to California Cooperative Library Systems.


California Library Literacy Services &
Other State Funded Programs and Projects for Public Libraries

The State of California has funded the California Library Literacy Services Program since the 1980s. This program enables over 20,000 adults learn to read and write through their local public libraries every year.

Other current state funded grants and projects for public libraries include:

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Career Online High School

PURPOSE: Career Online High School is an educational service offered by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, which offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at the same time. In this program offered by the California State Library, libraries receive support to offer free COHS scholarships in their communities. There are currently 48 California public libraries participating in the program. Please see the project information and requirements below.


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High Speed Broadband in California’s Libraries

PURPOSE: To bring high-speed broadband to all California public libraries by connecting them to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN)—a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber-optic-based network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and others working in California's vital public-serving institutions.


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Libraries Illuminated

PURPOSE: This project helps California public libraries make software and hardware improvements to maximize benefits to patrons as they access new high-speed broadband connections and utilize non-broadband Internet connections. Our goals are to support the development of innovative and creative programs and services for all ages, address the needs of libraries in underserved communities, and provide a variety of programming and service models for the library community to learn from and replicate.


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The Value of California’s Public Libraries

PURPOSE: The California State Library is exploring and demonstrating the value that public libraries provide to their communities and the people who invest in them through a project titled Measuring the Value of California's Public Libraries. The project began in January 2017 and continues until June 2019.


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Zip Books for Rural Libraries

PURPOSE: Expand the use of an alternative model for interlibrary loan service that, over time, has proved cost effective, easy to use, and extremely popular with the public. The project started in 2013 with 15 libraries; currently 43 library jurisdictions across the state are participating, and 12 more will be added by January 2018.


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Check this page regularly for updates on new funding opportunities available for libraries.