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CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions 

Can individual libraries manage the funds or must it be a DLC?
The 29 District Library Centers have been selected to manage the allocated funds. If a District Library Center declines to do so, OCL will designate another library agency (e.g., member library within the District or a Library System) to perform that function. 

Are Districts allowed to charge an administrative fee?
Yes, Districts may retain up to 10 percent in administrative fees.  

What is the deadline to expend funds?
September 1, 2021, which allows a few weeks for OCL to re-allocate any unexpended funds. 

Does the plan have to address either priority or both?
The plan can address both priorities for the grant.                                                                                                                        

Is the managing organization required to include non-state aided libraries in the District Allocation Plan?
Because the allocation is based on total service population, managing libraries should make a good faith effort to include non-state aided libraries within the District. 

How should these funds be reported on the Annual Report?
Report funds as federal funds in the Annual Report. 

What can the funds be used for?
Funds may be used for the following:

  • Equipment and services intended to expand digital inclusion by providing internet accessible devices (such as tablets, book vending machines, online lending platform, etc.),

  • Increasing or improving Wi-Fi access (such as Wi-Fi Hotspots, library Wi-Fi extenders, etc.), and

  • Technical support services and/or providing a safe library environment including the purchase of personal protective equipment, facilities cleaning supplies and services (such as gloves, mobile hand sanitizing stations, facial masks, regular cleaning services, etc.).