Library Services and Technology Act

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants are federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that are awarded by the State Library to eligible California libraries.

General Information

California libraries have access to Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds through direct grant programs or through statewide programs and projects. See Current Funding Opportunities to see what’s currently available and find out how to apply. See Library Development Programs and Projects for ongoing efforts.

Projects funded through LSTA must follow the State Library’s current LSTA five year plan and must also adhere to federal restrictions on funding. Libraries and organizations applying for grants or for participation in statewide projects must be eligible according to the State Library’s requirements (individual projects may have additional requirements). Public libraries must also participate in the Public Library Survey each year to remain eligible to receive LSTA funding.

Eligibility Requirements


Organizations receiving LSTA funding must use that funding according to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200). To be eligible to receive funding to purchase devices that can connect to and browse the Internet must comply with the provisions of the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The documents below provide further guidance.

Federal Restrictions on the Use of LSTA Funds

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and LSTA

Manage Your LSTA Grant

For more information on how to manage your grant, please visit the links below. Grant guides, reporting, and financial forms can be accessed by clicking the year you will be reporting on. If you have any questions about managing your grant, please do not hesitate to call your grant monitor.

CopyCat Grants

Competitive Pitch Regional/ Local and Statewide Grants

Public Library Staff Education Program (PLSEP) Grants

Current and Prior Awards