Resources: Institute of Museum and
Library Services (IMSL)
IMLS is an independent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation,
and lifetime learning by supporting the nation's museums and libraries.
Created by the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996, IMLS administers
the Library Services and Technology Act and the Museum Services Act. For
more information, contact IMLS at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20502, 202-606-8536 or visit them on the web at
All IMLS grant and award program deadlines can be viewed at:
Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance and other funding
Some libraries may also want to pursue private funding options such as
charitable foundations and other not-for-profit organizations. A helpful resource is the Catalogue of Federal Domestic
Assistance. This online, searchable database, accessible at
lists more than 1,400 assistance programs administered through federal
agencies. There are currently 15 types of assistance available including
surplus equipment, training, guaranteed loans, and grants.