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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

Program Description

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.

Apply for an LSTA Grant
Manage an LSTA Grant

LSTA Grant Implementation Guidelines (PDF)

LSTA Allowable Costs (PDF)

2014/2015 Statewide Grants

Quarterly Reporting

Mid-Project Reporting

Family Place

Poverty Awareness

2014/2015 Competitive Grants

2014 LSTA Competitive Grants Awarded (PDF)

Additional Forms and Links
  • Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency ACT FFATA Form (Word)
  • Click DUN and Bradstreet Online Registration to get a DUNS number only if your organization does not already have one. Be sure to check first to not get a duplicate number for the same organization.
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.

For additional information, please contact:

Bureau of Grants & Subsidies |
Pennsylvania Department of Education
607 South Drive | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
Phone: 717.787.8007 | Fax: 717.772.0044 | TTY: 717.772.2863
ra-lsta@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us