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.
Pennsylvania LSTA Five-Year Plan 2008-2012 (PDF)
Pennsylvania LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013-2017 (PDF)
Apply for an LSTA Grant
Deadline: October 2012
Timeline for 2013 Grant Year (PDF)
Manage an LSTA Grant
Each grantee will be expected to manage their grant according to guidelines from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
LSTA Grant Implementation Guidelines (PDF)
FFATA Form (Word)
Apply for DUNS# - www.dnb.com
Allowable and Unallowable Reimbursement Expenses
2012 LSTA Report Forms:
2012 LSTA Quarterly Report Form (Word)
2012 LSTA Final Report Form (Word)
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.
Fiscal Year 2012 LSTA Competively Funded Projects (PDF)
Fiscal Year 2011 LSTA Competively Funded Projects (PDF)