Contact Name
Ms. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero
Contact Title
Governor of Guam
State Library Address

Guam Public Library System
254 Martyr Street
Hagatna, GU 96910-5141
United States

Contact Email Address
Grants to State Programs

The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.

    YearAllotment Value
    2019 $124,712.00
    2020 $124,141.00
    2021 $123,845.00
    2022 $117,616.00
    2023 $164,666.00
    5 Year Plan Text

    Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. View all states' plans.

    5 year plan
    Attachment Size
    guam5yearplan.pdf 111.36 KB
    5 Year Evaluation Text

    At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. View all states' evaluations.

    5 year evaluation
    Attachment Size
    guam5yearevaluation.pdf 1.35 MB

    Project Examples

    Two adults reading books to children.

    Improved Children’s Literacy Programs and Services to Children
    Guam Public Library System offered programs and services to children, including English language learners and those with limited educational attainment. Guam has a high percentage of individuals and families with low socioeconomic status, which can be associated with limited functional literacy or informational skills. In addition to offering new literacy programs, the library maintained existing services and outreach programs to underserved individuals, diverse families, and individuals with disabilities. Guam Public Library System also used grant funds to obtain materials from the Collaborative Summer Library Program, which supports Guam’s summer reading program.
    IMLS Funds: $4,424

    New technology for Guam libraries.

    Improve Library Services to Patrons
    Guam Public Library System (GPLS) staff received training in innovative operations, procedures and techniques. They selected workshops or seminars that aligned with library service improvements and applied the new knowledge and skills to their work. Staff also provided support to all divisions within GPLS by procuring adequate equipment and supplies. GPLS also served as a Sub-Regional Library of Hawaii's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), which is the Regional Library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), at the Library of Congress.
    IMLS Funds: $58,917

    Visitors listen to stories read inside a bookmobile.

    Update Technology for Guam Public Library System and Bookmobile
    The Guam Public Library System (GPLS) acquired technology for its libraries and bookmobile, helping ensure staff have the necessary tools and equipment to serve the community. These updates also enabled the library to offer programs to promote lifelong learning and help residents develop 21st century skills. With grant funds, GPLS upgraded Internet services at five branch sites. The upgrade provided GPLS with higher bandwidth, a reliable connection, accessibility to library database software, and a secure network. The library also trained GPLS employees on software upgrades and offered courses in basic computer skills to the community. 
    IMLS Funds: $56,125

    Review recent Grants to States projects from this state library in the State Program Report database.

    Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state or view the State Details Dashboard.

    Five-Year Plan Highlights

    Goal 1: Expand, Support and Improve Library Programs and Services  

    • Projects include:  
      • Literacy and cultural literacy programs  
      • Expanded library collections   
      • Collaboration with community-based organizations   

    Goal 2: Technology Advancement 

    • Projects include:  
      • Online database subscription services and software purchases   
      • Reliable high-speed internet access   

    Goal 3: Training, Workforce Development and Employment  

    • Projects include:  
      • Training opportunities for library staff  

    IMLS Data Collection

    State Library Administrative Agency Survey
    The State Library Administrative Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

    Public Libraries Survey
    The Public Libraries Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Explore state profiles representing more than 9,000 public library systems and over 17,000 public library outlets.