Serving New Americans

Public libraries help ease the way for people new to the United States to participate fully in American society. Museums also address the needs of new arrivals with cross-cultural programming and outreach.


Each year, StoryCorps documents the personal stories of the museums and libraries which receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

This awards program, which ran between 1998 and 2017, recognized and supported outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrated the creativity of America’s young people.

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

In recognition of the role that museums and libraries play in early learning, IMLS supports the goals the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, including improving school readiness, reducing summer reading loss, and lowering chronic school absence.

Digging into Data

The Digging into Data Challenge, sponsored by leading global research funders, aims to envision how "big data" changes research in the humanities and social sciences and creates new infrastructures for scholarship.