PHOENIX – The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records has approved more than $120,000 in grants for various library construction and renovation projects. The grants were made possible by the Arizona State Legislature through the State Grants-in-Aid program.
Construction projects funded by the grants include:
- $25,000 for a new outlet for the Scottsdale Public Library called the Rio Montana Express Library
- $48,200 for a youth center at the Show Low Public Library
- $48,200 for a meeting room for the Yavapai County Free Library District
“With libraries transforming to meet the changing needs of their communities, SGIA provides an important source of funding for making improvements to physical facilities that enable those changes,” said Holly Henley, the state librarian and director of library services at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
“Providing support to Arizona’s libraries is critical because they offer access to materials that some families may otherwise not be aware of,” said Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. “These grants will contribute to projects that will inspire new ideas while connecting with the community.
In 1981, the Arizona legislature developed State Grants-in-Aid to help Arizona libraries meet the information needs of Arizona residents. SGIA provides limited construction funding to public libraries, and annual awards to county library districts and to cities with populations of 100,000 or more. In addition to construction, other primary uses for the grant funding include collections development, staff training, programming, supplies and technology support.
More information on the SGIA program is available on the State Library website, www.azlibrary.gov in the Library Development section.
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is a division of the Secretary of State.