Library Development Programs and Projects
The grant and support programs and projects developed and managed by the Library Development Services Bureau, for California libraries statewide, are featured here. These opportunities are designed to assist libraries as they reimagine and sustain existing library programs, connect with their communities, foster partnerships, test and implement new technologies, and extend and enhance their library services.
California State Library Initiatives Book Project
Contacts: Carolyn Brooks
The California State Library provides grant funds and services to California public libraries through several Statewide Initiatives. Your library jurisdiction is eligible to apply for the opportunity to obtain physical resources to update and expand your book collections to support these Initiatives in any of the topic areas listed below:
|Library Staff Development and Partnership Building or Civic Engagement (current community projects)||Life Over 50 (any topic areas that meet needs of patrons aged 50 and over)|
|High Interest, Low Reading Level, upper elementary grades through adult, and Special Needs||STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) especially for middle school, Maker Spaces, Virtual Reality, Coding|
|Summer Reading Programming/Partners||Workforce Development|
|Mental Health, all topic areas/ages||Veterans and their families|
|Early Literacy, family activities, Growth Mindset, and screen-free activities||Immigrants, Refugees, and Diversity (any kind)|
Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, as funding is limited and not all libraries that apply will receive funding.
Details – This Funding Opportunity is now closed.
This opportunity is offered on a first come, first served basis. We do expect more public libraries to apply than we will be able to fund.
Participation will be by library jurisdiction. To participate, the library director or designee must first complete application form for their jurisdiction.
Terms and procedures
- This opportunity is for public libraries only, and is offered at the jurisdictional level. All California public library jurisdictions are eligible. Individual branches within a larger system should not apply. Funding will be offered in three tiers: Tier 1, $5,000; Tier 2, $7,500; and Tier 3, $10,000.
All participating libraries will receive their funding from this project on a reimbursement basis. To qualify for reimbursement, purchases must be for books in the topic areas listed above.
Libraries may use these funds to cover minor vendor processing costs, such as book jackets.
- Libraries may use whatever vendors they choose to obtain the books and the libraries are to submit this Book Vendor Letter to any vendor they select so that the vendors may be fully cognizant of the book and funding requirements. All books must be received by the ordering library no later than September 21, 2018. No backorders past that date will be allowed.
Each library must purchase their materials and submit the invoices and packing lists by end of day, September 28, 2018:
Libraries will be required to submit original invoices and delivery packing lists with each title clearly listed.
Libraries will pay book vendors directly for their books. Book vendors will NOT bill the funding agent. The funding agent will provide funds directly to the libraries upon receipt of the original invoices and delivery packing lists.
We encourage you to visit the California State Library Initiatives listed above for details about the many Initiatives for supporting public libraries.