Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

To support projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, to conduct research, to attract high school and college students to consider careers in libraries, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science,
and to assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff.
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Examples of Funded Projects

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program helps increase the number of students enrolled in schools of library science at the master's and doctoral levels as well as fund continuing education opportunities.

Agency - Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of Federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute serves as a leader in providing services to enhance learning, sustain cultural heritage and increase civic participation.

Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

For FY 07, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program funded 43 projects.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Categories of funding are: (1) doctoral programs, (2) master's programs, (3) research, (4) preprofessional programs, (5) programs to build institutional capacity, and (6) continuing education.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All types of libraries, except federal and for-profit libraries, may apply.

Eligible libraries include public, school, academic, special, private (not-for-profit), archives, library agencies, library consortia, and library associations.

In addition, research libraries that give the public access to services and materials suitable for scholarly research not otherwise available to the public and that are not part of a university or college are eligible.

Institutions of higher education, including public and not-for-profit universities and colleges, also are eligible.

Graduate schools of library and information science may apply as part of an institution of higher education.

See program guidelines for specific eligibility criteria.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Libraries and institutions of higher education will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations also applies.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

As part of the president's E-government initiative, the federal government developed, a single website for organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all 26 of the federal grant-making agencies. Beginning with the 2008 grant cycle, the Institute required all applicants to apply online through Applicants who are unable to use should contact an IMLS program officer. The Institute no longer accepts mailed paper applications. For more information on the process of applying through, visit

Award Procedures

Proposals are reviewed by field and/or panel reviewers, staff, and the director.


December 15.


Museum and Library Services Act, codified at 20 U.S.C. Section 9101 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Seven months.


Appeals may be made in writing to the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services may extend particular grants at the discretion of the director.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Projects are required to match one half of the project costs minus funds for student support. The matching requirement is waived for research projects only.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects may be carried out for a period of up to 36 months from the project start date. Doctoral program projects may be carried out for a period of up to 48 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


The Institute of Museum and Library Services requires interim and final financial and narrative reports.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in federal awards are exempt from federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Recipients will be required to maintain standard financial statements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $23,760,000; FY 08 $23,345,000; FY 09 est $26,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $1,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See the IMLS website at for the latest program data.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street, N.W., Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20036-5802. Contact: Kevin Cherry, Telephone: (202) 653-4662, E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See program guidelines.

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