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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding to states through its Grants to the States program.

In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) administers these funds to support local and statewide programs for public, school, academic, and special libraries that are aligned with its IMLS-approved five-year plan.

OCL’s approved five-year LSTA plan states the following mission:

  • OCL’s mission is to operate a major research library and to collect, preserve, and connect state government, libraries, and all residents with the information and resources needed for education, enrichment, and advancement.

The plan has five goal areas:

  1. Lifelong Learning and Literacy
  2. Digital Library Services
  3. Training and Support
  4. Underserved and Populations with Special Needs
  5. Workforce Development

To learn more about Pennsylvania’s LSTA program (e.g. its federal budget allocation, project examples, obtain a copy of the five-year plan, etc.) visit Pennsylvania’s IMLS’ state profile page on the IMLS website.