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Museums and libraries can best serve the public by making their programs, collections, and facilities as widely accessible as possible.

Libraries and museums are trusted stewards of the objects and information that represent the artistic, cultural, historical, and scientific foundations of our nation’s shared heritage.

Museums and libraries are community anchors that drive economic and community development. IMLS supports several flagship initiatives focused on this essential role.

Museums and libraries play a key role in providing and preserving access to digital information.

Libraries and museums reach millions of children every year. As institutions that encourage curiosity and exploration, they can play a powerful role in shaping children’s early cognitive development.

IMLS invests in making by supporting learning spaces in libraries and museums that foster innovation and experimentation through design thinking and project-based learning for people of all ages.

IMLS funds programs that invest in recruitment, education, and professional development opportunities for museum and library professionals.

Libraries and museums are making great strides in improving learning in science, technology, engineering and math.