Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
The Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers funds that are made available from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through a program called the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). IMLS awards grants to states with an approved Five-Year Plan. Pennsylvania's LSTA Five-Year Plan includes goals allowing the Office of Commonwealth Libraries to assist libraries in linking to each other or to other information resources, to encourage the development of consortia, and to increase information access for persons who have difficulty gaining it. LSTA funding may not be used for construction or renovation, projects that have already begun or operating expenses.
2013/14 Grant Application Guidelines
2012/13 Grant Application Guidelines
2012/13 LSTA Report Forms:
|Additional LSTA Forms and Links
|Previously Funded Projects
Successful projects in the past have provided library users with Internet access, automated functions in public libraries, expanded library services for older adults, provided assistive technology for information access, improved reference services, funded statewide summer reading programs for children, and improved services to preschoolers and their caregivers.