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General LSTA Information

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program is open to all types of libraries in Ohio. Grant funds may be used to purchase items which will assist a library in meeting one of the two broad based purposes of LSTA: 1) technological innovation and electronic linkages, and 2) services to the underserved. Eligible public, school, academic, research, or special libraries may initiate grant proposals. Three types of competitive grants are available minigrants, disability grants and full grants. In addition there is a restricted grant program to automate school library media centers.

The State Library of Ohio worked closely with a fifteen member Advisory Council which is broadly representative of the Ohio library community to develop a Five-Year Plan (2008-2013) for the use of LSTA funds in Ohio. Based on the evaluation of the 2002-2007 Five-Year Plan, it was determined that while much progress has been made in addressing the original six needs in the Plan, they continue to be relevant. These needs were and continue to be: Strengthening ties between OPLIN, OhioLINK and INFOhio; Statewide Resource Sharing (ILL and Delivery); Automation of Non-automated Libraries; Encouraging Library Cooperation; Training and Technical Support; and Services to Underserved Populations.

Grant Programs

  • Technological Innovation: projects that incorporate the use of new technologies or use current technology in a different ways to improve access, services, or support to library customers.
  • Automation: to allow libraries that wish to automate to convert their card catalog and join a consortia and participate in statewide resource sharing.
  • Targeted Populations: to provide services to targeted populations including, but not limited to, people of diverse geographic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, persons with limited functional literacy and information skills, and those individuals having difficulty using a library.
  • Services to Youth: to provide services to youth, ages birth through 18, with a particular emphasis on youth in poverty and those children from families with incomes below the poverty line.
  • Training: to provide technology literacy training on all levels to the user public.
  • Library Entrepreneurship: to develop new solutions or alternatives to library issues from which all libraries can learn and benefit and if appropriate, replicate.  Projects must meet the library users’ needs in a fresh way, have the breadth to become a platform for related services, increase the library’s value to the community, and offer an advantage over current services or processes.

Grant Cycles

Minigrants have a federal request limit of $24,000. These proposals are of short duration (5 months) and are most often used for one-time costs such as equipment purchases.

  • Request for Proposal issued mid-August
  • Proposals due at the State Library late October
  • Review process November - February
  • Presentation to the State Library Bd. March
  • Grant Implementation Period April 1 - August 31

Full Grants:
Full grants have no limit on the amount of funds being requested. Funded projects last one year. Full grants tend to be for larger, more broad based projects with multiple partners.

  • Request for Proposal issued mid-January
  • Proposals due at the State Library early May
  • Review Process May - August
  • Presentation to the State Library Bd. September
  • Grant Implementation Period October 1 - September 30

Special Grants:
Special grant cycles are initiated when a unique and or specific need has been identified in the library community which can be addressed through LSTA dollars. The limit on the amount of federal funds which can be requested and the funding period vary based on the special grant program. Most special grants are one-time opportunities.  

A financial match of 25% of the total project cost is required for all grant programs.
Detailed information on the LSTA grant program, including criteria and eligibility requirements, grant guidelines, and examples of previously funded projects can be found on the individual grant description page.

Questions regarding LSTA should be addressed to Missy Lodge, Head, Library Programs and Development at 800-686-1532, 614-644-6914 or

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