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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers funds that are made available from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Grants to States program. Each Year, IMLS distributes these funds nationwide to states with an approved Five-Year Plan. Through the Grants to States program, Pennsylvania is able to support local projects that align with the purposes and priorities outlined in the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Pennsylvania 's LSTA Five-Year Plan includes goals allowing the Office of Commonwealth Libraries to assist libraries in linking to each other or to other information resources, to encourage the development of consortia, and to increase information access for persons who have difficulty gaining it. LSTA funding may not be used for construction or renovation, projects that have already begun or operating expenses.

Apply for an LSTA Grant

Grant Guidelines

Competitive Grants

Statewide Grants

Manage an LSTA Grant

LSTA Grant Reporting

Quarterly Reporting

Final Reporting

Additional Forms and Links

Previously Funded Projects

Successful projects in the past have provided library users with Internet access, automated functions in public libraries, expanded library services for older adults, provided assistive technology for information access, improved reference services, funded statewide summer reading programs for children, and improved services to preschoolers and their caregivers.