Funding Available to Improve District Libraries

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Funding Available to Improve District Libraries

The DC Public Library has opened the application period for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds for libraries to create partnerships that improve services to their customers.

The grants, which range between $5,000 to $20,000, are sponsored by a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the District of Columbia Public Library.  LSTA funds are used to improve Library services by encouraging resource sharing, increasing access to information and educating the public.

Applicants must meet three criteria:
  • The organization has to be a library located in the District of Columbia. These include public libraries, school and public charter school libraries, the University of the District of Columbia libraries, other academic libraries, and special libraries.
  • A librarian has to be the lead applicant.
  • The library must have a partner. Suggested partners might be a community organization, another library, a school, another non-profit group.
“There's a lot of variety in meeting the criteria,” says Lucy Labson, grants manager at the DC Public Library.  “Programs have ranged from teaching elementary school children financial literacy to hiring high school students to run a teen book discussion group.”

Mentors are available to help applicants develop program ideas and suggest improvements before the April 9, 2010 deadline. To learn more about the LSTA grant program, visit  or contact Lucy Labson at 202-727-1204 or via email at