Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides LSTA funds to Minnesota through the Grants to States Program. The annual allotment is based on population, and is currently $2.7 million.

A five-year strategic plan, approved by IMLS, identifies Minnesota libraries’ current needs and goals. All Minnesota LSTA funds, including all competitive grant projects, address one or more of the six goals in our five-year plan.

  • Support literacy including, but not limited to, 21st-century and digital-literacy skills.
  • Provide educational opportunities for children from early learning through postsecondary. Target children from birth through age 17 from families living in poverty or facing barriers including, but not limited to, language, race, ability, geography or access to technology or other resources.
  • Promote lifelong learning and continuing education, including the enhancement and expansion of services and resources relating to health, access to justice, and workforce and community development, in order to cultivate an educated and informed citizenry.
  • Promote training and professional development, including continuing education, to improve and expand the current and future library workforce to support end-user needs.
  • Support technology and infrastructure initiatives and services that build the capacity of Minnesota’s libraries to serve their patrons.
  • Support statewide initiatives and services that build the capacity of Minnesota’s libraries and their staff to serve their communities.

Current LSTA Grant Opportunities

Current and upcoming grant rounds are listed below along with their status:

Libraries and the World’s Best Workforce Mini Grant Opportunity
State Library Services is pleased to announce a new competitive mini grant initiative. The Libraries and World’s Best Workforce initiative is designed to help libraries offer programs and services that address Goal 1.2 of Minnesota’s Five-Year Plan for LSTA and the World’s Best Workforce. An estimated $75,000 is available for grant awards of up to $10,000 each. We welcome grant proposals that directly serve at-risk children and youth (between the ages of 0-25) through improved or expanded library-based programs, services and/or learning activities.

Read a more detailed description of this initiative. The application and instructions are available on the grants management site. For more information, please contact Jackie Blagsvedt at or 651-582-8805.

2015 Competitive LSTA Grant Awards Announced
State Library Services uses LSTA funds to expand access to learning services, information tools and educational resources in all types of libraries. We help libraries to provide educational and civic engagement opportunities, lifelong learning, workforce development and digital literacy skill-building activities. To achieve this, State Library Services competitively awards LSTA grants, funding projects that help Minnesotans in new and innovative ways. We are pleased to announce the 2015 LSTA competitive grant-awarded projects.

Awarded LSTA Grant Projects