LSTA Background

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is part of the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996, as amended. This legislation has been codified as 20 USC CHAPTER 72 - MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES. LSTA is the only source of federal funding that specifically targets libraries.

The Washington State Library has
received the following IMLS LSTA Grants to States awards:

Grant Year Award Amount
2018 $3,490,908
2017 $3,372,150
2016 $3,262,304
2015 $3,295,633
2014 $3,281,761

Activities supported by LSTA through the Grants to States Program must advance the eight national priorities Adobe Reader - Click to Download and must work to develop and deliver library programs, services, and resources to the people of the state.

Grants to State Library Agencies are awarded using a population-based formula and require both state match and maintenance of effort.

LSTA funds are used by the Washington State Library to "support statewide initiatives and services" and are further distributed "through competitive (subgrant) competitions or cooperative agreements to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries" across the state. For more details on programs funded in part by LSTA monies, please visit our Services to Libraries site, for more information on grants awarded by the Washington State Library, please visit our LSTA Grants page.


Mike Buschmann
Library Development Manager
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).