Contact Name
Ms. Lauren Moore
Contact Title
State Librarian
State Library Address

New York State Library
222 Madison Avenue
Room 10C34
Albany, NY 12230
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
    2018 $8,213,994.00
    2019 $8,200,921.00
    2020 $8,201,170.00
    2021 $8,147,500.00
    2022 $8,399,826.00
    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
    newyork5yearplan.pdf 333.9 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
    newyork5yearevaluation.pdf 1.89 MB

    "The New York State Library serves over 7000 libraries across the state.  Through the Grants to States program the State Library serves all New Yorkers by improving access to library resources and providing statewide programs and services such as Summer Reading at New York Libraries, Ready to Read at New York Libraries and statewide database access (NOVELNY).  Through partnerships with regional library systems, offices within the State Education Department, other government agencies and other organizations the State Library provides new and improved library programs and promotes the perception that libraries are community learning spaces that can aid in enhancing civic engagement and economic vitality." -- Lauren Moore, State Librarian, New York State Library

    Project Examples

    Ready to Read at New York Libraries

    Ready to Read at New York Libraries

    Coordinated by New York State Library staff, "Ready to Read at New York Libraries" provided training and resources to develop research-based early learning services and spaces for families with young children. The five-year "Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program" was developed with the intent to train more than 1,200 public library staff. The program takes a cost-effective, train-the-trainer approach. The final training model and toolkits are easily replicable and will be shared nationally. This program was developed with a 2014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Partnership development and consistent use of outcome-based evaluation to assess program impact are key strategies for success.
    IMLS Funds: $134,076.00

    Summer Reading at New York Libraries

    Summer Reading at New York Libraries

    The New York State Library (NYSL)'s Summer Reading at New York Libraries annual project focuses three goals. The first is to improve literacy and academic performance by promoting reading. The second is to improve children's access to library materials and activities that encourage them to become lifelong library users and learners. Finally, the program aims to foster a love of reading in young people through public library programs and services. The grant pays for dedicated NYSL staff, who coordinate and lead the program, and websites that provide access to program resources. NYSL is also a member of a national collaborative that creates the annual theme, program manual and slogans. Partners in recent years included 4-H, Hunger Solutions NY, New York Council for the Humanities, National Library of Medicine, NY State Reading Association, and the New York State Senate and Assembly.
    IMLS Funds: $132,658.00

    New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY)

    New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) participants

    The New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY), supported through the New York State Library (NYSL),  provides reliable, up-to-date information available only through database licensing/subscription. NOVELNY makes information available to all New York State libraries and allows all New Yorkers, regardless of economic, geographic or physical circumstances, to access to the same resources. The library community and the public were kept up to date on NOVELNY via its website, Facebook page, listserv messages (NYLINE), and fact sheets.  The New York State Library also created a flyer delivered with Department of Motor Vehicle car registration and driver license renewals.  This flyer was modified into a bookmark and posted on the NOVELNY website. Libraries can customize it with their library name.
    IMLS Funds: $2,917,763.00

    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..

    View the IMLS funding by state report - New York (PDF 1.04 MB) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).

    Five-Year Plan Highlights

    Goal 1: All New Yorkers will have improved access to library resources that advance and enhance their personal, educational and working lives.

    • Projects include:
      • New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY)
      • Making New York history materials accessible
      • Discovery services
      • Partnerships in resource sharing and access
      • Digitization and preservation program

    Goal 2: The New York State Library, library systems and libraries will deliver new and improved library programs that anticipate and meet New Yorkers' constantly changing needs for library services.

    • Projects include:
      • Data for decision making
      • Building strong library leaders for New York

    Goal 3: New Yorkers of all ages will perceive libraries as community learning spaces offering high-quality lifelong learning, literacy, and knowledge creation opportunities that enhance civic engagement and economic vitality.

    • Projects include:
      • Summer reading at New York libraries
      • Targeting library services to meet changing needs for literacy, education, and outreach
      • Ready to Read at New York libraries

    Goal 4: All New Yorkers will benefit from statewide programs and services of the New York State Library that effectively leverage private and public funding through collaboration and partnerships and maximize value in order to achieve goals one, two and three.

    • Projects include:
      • Training and outreach
      • Data for decision making
      • Expanding library networking and collaboration
      • Advancing technology
      • Customer support to libraries
      • Customer support to individuals
      • Digitization and preservation program
      • Partnerships in resource sharing and access
      • Discovery services
      • Building strong library leaders for New York

    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.