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State Grants to Libraries

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In the 2013 legislative session, the Colorado Legislature included an appropriation of $2 million in the state's budget to fund the State Grants to Libraries Act. The funds will be available to eligible publically funded school, public and academic libraries to fund grants for library materials as defined in the statute (see CRS 24-90-401). The purpose of the funds, as designated by the Joint Budget Committee is for educational materials in libraries that support or enhance opportunities for early literacy and early learning.



Library Press Releases


Guidelines and Eligibility Forms



Have a question about these forms, eligible purchases, or anything related to the State Grants for Libraries? Check our Frequently Asked Questions first - your question is likely already answered here.


Additional Resources

Colorado Libraries Collaborate! (CLC)

Participant List - Membership in CLC is required for public and academic libraries. Click here to see if your library is already a member.

Participation Agreement Form - If you are not a member, you can fill out this form and become a member by October 1 to become eligible for funding.


Eligible Purchases Checklist - Wondering whether you can purchase an item with this funding? Review this checklist of what are eligible purchases, and what are not.

Strategic Purchasing Recommendations - This funding has a focus on early literacy and early learning. Wondering how your library might make a strategic investment in this area? Our partners at the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) and Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) have some suggested packages for your library, including:

  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
  • CLEL Silver Bell Award Winners
  • Databases - special consortium pricing for EBSCO, Brittanica, Pebble Go, and TumbleBooks
  • Early Literacy Collections for Parents and Professional Development
  • Great Books for Babies
  • Storytime Collection and Circulating Book Bags

Reporting and Evaluation

You can preview the Report Form that will be due after you finish your purchasing, or by August 15, 2014. Links to the online form will be sent to the Contact Person listed on your Eligibility Form. 

Reporting Q and A - frequently asked questions by grant recipients on how to report use of funds.


State Grants to Libraries and You: An Overview - Webside Chat webinar recording from 8/15/13

Archived webinars that review the guidelines, eligibility requirements, and form submission process.

For more information contact:

Jean Marie Heilig, Fiscal Officer

Susan H. Burkholder, State Grants Compliance Officer

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