PHOENIX – The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, awarded 51 grants of $4,000 each to Arizona public school libraries, school libraries, as well as tribal and academic libraries as part of a second CARES Act funding opportunity. The federal CARES Act funding for libraries was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
CARES Act funding from IMLS is intended to help “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services.” Libraries receiving grants will use the funds in a variety of ways to support their communities. Examples include:
- WiFi mobile hotspots
- Laptops and tablets
- Computer with video editing software to enable virtual programs
- Security cameras for parking lots where WiFi is available when the building is closed
- Portable shelters such as tents or awnings in library parking lots to provide shade for materials pick-up and/or WiFi use
- Virtual reality devices
- Mobile printing services
Libraries from 13 counties submitted applications and at least one library from each of those counties received an award. In the State Library’s first CARES Act funding opportunity, 65 libraries from 13 counties were selected to receive a total of 392 Chromebooks, 47 video equipment packages, and 224 sanitation kits. A third funding opportunity will focus on library partnerships with museums and workforce development organizations.
“These resources will be beneficial to libraries across the state as they adapt to the changing needs of their communities,” said Holly Henley, the state librarian and director of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records division. “Arizona libraries are shifting their service models to provide what is most needed currently.”
For more information, please visit https://azlibrary.gov/libdev/funding.
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is a division of the Arizona Secretary of State. For more information visit www.azlibrary.gov or call 602-542-6200.