Library Development Services Bureau

The Library Development Services (LDS) Bureau serves the people of California through its libraries by providing technical consulting about all aspects of library service to help local libraries extend and improve services, administering state and federal library grant programs, and enhancing resource-sharing efforts among libraries of all types.

Our goal is to assist libraries in California to: maintain and support existing library programs and services; implement new methods for delivering cost-effective library services; extend library services to all Californians; and gain the greatest benefit from existing sources of funding and seeking new funding opportunities.

The primary assistance programs of the Bureau include the following.

Please visit Services to Libraries section to find more information.

  • Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal program which provides grants for innovative library services, technological development, services for underserved populations, and library networking and resource sharing. Find more information about LSTA grant in Grants section.
  • Public Library Fund (PLF), a funding formula under which the state contributes funding for basic local library services under specified conditions; PLF has not been funded since FY 2011/12.
  • California Library Literacy Services (CLLS), which works to enable Californians of all ages to reach their literacy goals and use library services effectively.
  • California Library Services Act (CLSA), helps public libraries and cooperative public library systems provide coordinated information services, supports communication and delivery among libraries, and encourages interlibrary loans between libraries and direct loans to non-resident borrowers.


Contact Information:

Library Development Services
California State Library
Library and Courts Building II
900 N Street, Fourth Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814-4800

(916) 653-5217
FAX (916) 653-8443