American Rescue Plan Act graphic with State Library logo and partial view of a semi-transparent American flag
September 27, 2021

The State Library of Ohio Board has awarded $2,306,129 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Outreach Grants to 45 institutions. The purpose of the ARPA Outreach Grant initiative is to assist libraries and their communities as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as address economic and community needs, resulting from the pandemic, through equitable approaches.

Utilizing Federal ARPA funds, received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Ohio libraries of all types to were encouraged to submit proposals for this competitive grant program revolving around the concept of outreach. Applications were accepted in three categories: Outreach and Education, Community Connections, and Outreach Initiatives.

“The unique opportunity that has been afforded to libraries thanks to ARPA grants has allowed libraries to respond to the needs of their own communities in exciting and innovative ways,” expressed Dr. Tracy Nájera, State Library Board President. “As each community found new needs as a result of the pandemic, libraries have adapted to the new environment and continued to find ways to reach and serve their patrons.”

“Libraries intend to respond to community needs in a variety of ways,” said Evan T. Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development. “Applicants identified the need for outreach vehicles, 24/7 reserve materials lockers, Story Walks, additional library materials and ebooks, and so much more. I can’t wait for these projects to get off the ground.”

“Whether through technology or more traditional tools, libraries have once again risen to the occasion, and been an anchor for their communities throughout the pandemic and as we rebuild a new way of doing things,” stated Wendy Knapp, State Librarian of Ohio.

ARPA Outreach Grants Awarded

Akron-Summit County Public Library $62,535
Athens County Public Library $49,999
Brown County Public Library $40,340
Cardington-Lincoln Public Library $59,576
Carnegie Public Library $26,300
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools $25,000
Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library $69,119
Clermont County Law Library $51,077
Columbus State Community College Library $20,050
Cuyahoga County Public Library $100,000
Dayton Metro Library $89,585
Defiance Public Library $33,314
Dover Public Library $5,085
Elyria Public Library System $100,000
Fairfield County District Library $6,071
Fayette County Law Library $17,043
Findlay Hancock County Public Library $48,922
Franklin County Law Library $91,039
Greene County Public Library $93,120
Holmes County District Public Library $95,950
Homer Public Library $24,989
Jackson City Library $42,781
Kate Love Simpson Library $58,000
Lakewood Public Library $46,045
Madison Public Library $100,000
Mahoning County Law Library $5,400
Massillon Public Library $40,671
MidpPointe Library System $75,016
North Canton Public Library $100,000
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) $18,000
OhioNet $38,950
Otterbein University $46,399
Perry Cook Memorial Public Library $89,615
Perry County District Library $100,000
Plain City Public Library $48,488
Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County $53,542
Shaker Heights Public Library $39,000
St. Clairsville Public Library $5,861
St. Helen School $6,078
Stark County District Library $36,707
Statewide Consortium of Ohio County Law Libraries $100,000
Troy-Miami County Public Library $99,699
Trumbull County Law Library $7,259
West Clermont Local School District $21,540
Wittenberg University $17,964

“I’m grateful to the State Library Board for their support of these varied projects,” Struble expressed. “With more than 2.3 million dollars in ARPA Outreach Grants awarded, the State Library has made history with a grant initiative of this size and scope.”

This grant initiative is just one of the many ways the State Library of Ohio is supporting libraries of all types with ARPA stimulus funds and assisting Ohioans as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 .

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Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875