Massachusetts Public Library Trustees Handbook
Federal funds come primarily from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. In Massachusetts, the Board of Library Commissioners is the administrative agency which plans programs and grants for the distribution of these funds. Grants can be awarded to qualifying libraries of all types (including public, school, academic, and special libraries). In order to qualify for LSTA grants, a library must have a long range plan on file with the Board of Library Commissioners, and must submit annual updates.
There are many federal programs under which public libraries may qualify to receive funds. These change as new legislation is enacted. Comprehensive information on all federal grant programs is provided in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, a loose-leaf publication revised annually. It includes details on eligibility requirements, how to apply and deadlines. Check with your regional library system and the Board of Library Commissioners for availability locally, or the catalog may be ordered from:
Superintendent of Documents
U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, D.C. 20402