Crisis Collections Funding for Public Libraries

Responding to COVID: Electronic Resources Collection Funding for California Public Libraries

This project provides support for California public libraries that need to build or supplement their electronic collections to enable their users to access materials while libraries are closed and/or communities are practicing "social distancing." Libraries that do not have a robust e-resource collection budget and are experiencing a high demand for materials are encouraged to apply.

Libraries may apply for one of three funding levels: $1,000; $3,000; or $5,000. Please select the appropriate level based on your organization's need. Applicants submitting a request on behalf of two or more library jurisdictions may suggest an alternate amount.

Questions? Contact Meg DePriest.

We hope to move quickly to help libraries meet demand; the deadline is Thursday, March 26th, 2020. Applications closed

Once awarded, funds must be expended by June 30, 2020, and funds will be available on a reimbursement basis. To request funds, apply here: COVID Collection Application

Crisis Collection Project

Please do not use this application to request funding for the COVID pandemic.

The Crisis Collections project provides support for public libraries to build library collections that will help their communities recover. If the community/service area served by your library has experienced significant impacts due to natural or other disasters in the past 18 months, you are eligible to apply for Crisis Collections funding.

Examples of crises include (but are not limited to) fire, flooding, serving a neighboring library’s community during their crisis, mass shootings, or closing of a major employer in the area.

Libraries may apply for one of three funding levels: $5,000; $8,000; or $10,000 (your choice).

To apply, please complete this brief application. You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Your library jurisdiction
  • Library director’s name and email
  • Project manager’s name and email
  • Funding level for which you’re applying
  • Description of the crisis faced by your community and how it has impacted the members of your community.
  • Description of the resources you will add to your collection and how they will help your community respond to the crisis.

Questions? Contact Meg DePriest.

Applications are due by April 1, 2020, and applicants will be notified by April 8, 2020.

Once awarded, funds must be expended by July 31, 2020 and will be available to your library on a reimbursement basis.