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CARES Act Funding for Libraries

CARES Act Funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The Colorado State Library (CSL) awarded a total of $492,801 in non-competitive grants to 55 public library jurisdictions located in 41 counties. 

IMLS set funding priorities based on the following:

  • Poverty
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Unemployment; and
  • Broadband Availability.

Grant funding is being used for the following:

  • Device lending to patrons (hotspots, Chromebook, tablets, ereaders, etc.) Devices must be configured to ensure compliance with CIPA (filtering).
  • Materials for virtual and low-touch passive programming (take and make crafts etc.)
  • Unemployment resources (online tools, publications, etc.)
  • eBooks / Audio Books
  • Allowable Expenditures (PDF)

Resources for Round 1 Funding:


Alamosa PL Basalt Regional LD Canon City PL Conejos County LD
Cortez PL Delta County PLD Denver PL Dolores LD
Garfield LD Grand County LD John C. Fremont LD La Veta PLD
Lake County PL Mancos LD Mesa County PLD Montrose Regional LD
Northeast CO Bookmobile Northern Chaffee County LD Northern Saguache County LD Ouray LD
Penrose Community LD Pikes Peak LD Pitkin County Library Pueblo City County LD
Rangeview LD Rio Grande LD
Del Norte PL
San Miguel LD #1 Security PL
Silverton PL Spanish Peaks LD Summit County Library Trinidad PL
Vail PL Wray PL Yuma PL  


Resources for Round 2 Funding:


Broomfield / Eisenhower PL Burlington PL Clear Creek County LD Durango PL
Ignacio Community LD Kiowa Count PLD Lamar Public Library Mineral County School/Regional PL
Ordway Combined Community Library Pine River PLD  West Custer County LD  


Resources for Round 3 Funding:


Clearview LD Fowler PL High Plains LD La Junta/Woodruff Memorial Library
Loveland PL Poudre River PLD Rangely Regional LD Red Feather Mountain LD
Sterling PL      


For more information contact Jean Marie Heilig,, 303-551-4711