What is LSTA?
Through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides funding to support library services in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Territories. In Arizona, those funds are administered by the Arizona State Library in the form of statewide initiatives and subgrants.
Before You Apply
- Know the Plan!
- Read Me First: Important Documents
- Workshops and Webinars
Apply for a Grant
Acknowledging IMLS and the Arizona State Library
Impact of LSTA Funds
- LSTA Stories
- Snapshots of Awarded Projects
Know the Plan!
In order to receive the LSTA allotment from IMLS, the Arizona State Library creates a Five Year Plan that details its library service goals based on the LSTA purposes and priorities. Before you apply, read the Five Year Plan to ensure that your projects align with the goals in the Plan.
The goals for the Arizona LSTA grants are to:
- Support preservation and stewardship of information and encourage equitable access to information in a variety of formats.
- Support lifelong learning programs that help to develop life literacies, including digital/technological, workforce, parenting, health, and financial literacies.
- Support technology resources, staff skills, programs, and collections in libraries while addressing barriers to accessing these resources and services.
- Support the efforts of libraries to engage with community members from diverse backgrounds, foster connections with other community organizations, and collaborate with partners to contribute to community well-being.
Contact a Library Development Consultant to review your project idea!
Read Me First: Important Documents
Previous LSTA Guidelines (for historical reference only):
Workshops and Webinars
The “Learn about LSTA Grants” webinar recording is available in the Academy for Arizona Library Staff and on the Arizona Libraries YouTube channel. Contact Melissa Kummen if you need assistance logging into the Academy.
To begin the LSTA grant application process, read the Five-Year Plan and the LSTA grant guidelines, and then complete the worksheet found in the guidelines.
Your project idea must align with one of the following Arizona LSTA goal categories:
- Information Preservation and Access
- Informal Education
- Institutional Improvements
- Inclusive Communities
Here are the links to the online applications:
General LSTA 2023 Grant Application
Express Grant Applications
Contact a Library Development Consultant to discuss your project.
All promotional materials resulting from an LSTA grant project must contain the following statement:
This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Este programa cuenta con el apoyo de la Biblioteca Estatal de Arizona, Archivos y Registros Públicos, una división de la Secretaria de Estado, con fondos federales del Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas.
Whenever possible, use the IMLS, Arizona Secretary of State, and State Library logos to help spread the word about your grant project. Be sure to save copies of your publicity to include with your final report.
LSTA funding can help you make a difference! Through the competitive subgrant process, LSTA funding enables dozens of Arizona libraries every year to put new ideas into practice and to enhance existing services. Regardless of size or location, if your library is eligible to apply, you have an opportunity to leverage your local dollars with LSTA.
Some of the people touched by LSTA projects have shared their stories, showing how their libraries transform individual lives.
Snapshots of Awarded Projects