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The Institute of Museum and Library Services did not meet the publication deadline for submitting updated information of its activities, functions, and sources of information as required by the automatic disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(1)(A)).

Institute of Museum and Library Services

955 L'Enfant Plaza North SW., Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024-2135

202-653-4657 | Email:

DIRECTORCrosby Kemper

Library ServicesCyndee Landrum
Museum ServicesPaula Gangopadhyay
Associate Deputy Director for Library ServicesAnthony Smith
Chief Administrator for Museum ServicesChristopher J. Reich

FinancialChris Catignani
InformationScott Carey
OperatingChris Catignani, Acting

Communications ManagerElizabeth Holtan
Director of Grants Policy and ManagementConnie Cox Bodner
General CounselNancy E. Weiss
Senior Evaluation Officer for Digital and Information StrategyMatthew Birnbaum

The Institute of Museum and Library Services helps libraries and museums enhance cultural and civic engagement, embrace innovation, and further lifelong learning.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was established within the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities by the Museum and Library Services Act of September 30, 1996 (110 Stat. 3009), which amended the Museum Services Act (20 U.S.C. 961 et seq.). The Institute combines the administration of Federal museum programs, which the Institute of Museum Services formerly managed, and Federal library programs, which the Department of Education formerly managed. The Institute's Director, whom the President appoints with the advice and consent of the Senate, is authorized to make grants to museums and libraries. The Director receives policy advice on museum and library programs from the National Museum and Library Services Board. Its 20 voting members are appointed by the President; its three nonvoting members include the Director, Deputy Director for Museum Services, and Deputy Director for Library Services.

The IMLS is the primary source of Federal support for the Nation's 35,000 museums and 123,000 libraries. Its grant making, policy development, and research help museums and libraries offer services that make people and their communities prosper. The IMLS awards grants to art, children's, general, history, natural history, science, and technology museums, as well as to aquariums, arboretums, botanical gardens, nature centers, planetariums, zoos, and historic houses. It also awards grants to academic, public, research, school, and special libraries. IMLS grants improve electronic sharing of information and expand public access to information and services.

African American History and Culture Museum Grants

The IMLS awards these grants at two funding levels to improve care of collections, develop professional management, and provide internship and fellowship opportunities.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

This program supports recruitment and education of library students, continuing education for those already working in the profession, and new programs and curricula.

Museum Assessment Program

The IMLS supports the cost of this program through a cooperative agreement with the American Alliance of Museums. The program helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit from a peer reviewer.

Museums for America

The IMLS awards grants at two funding levels to help museums expand their role as lifelong learning resources, increase the vital contributions they make to livable communities, and become better stewards of the Nation's collections.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

This is a project of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the IMLS and the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities. These awards acknowledge museums and libraries for their afterschool and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for young Americans.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries

These grants help library and archive professionals address the challenges and needs of their fields. Projects supported by these grants stimulate research, develop new tools, and produce innovative alliances, models, practices, and services that broadly affect the library and archival fields.

National Leadership Grants for Museums

These grants help museum professionals address the challenges and needs of their field. Projects supported by these grants promote innovation and collaboration and typically produce results that broadly affect the museum field.

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

This award acknowledges institutions for providing exceptional and meaningful public service in their communities.

Native American and Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

These grants to federally recognized tribes and organizations that represent and serve Native Hawaiians help sustain indigenous culture, heritage, and knowledge through improved museum services.

Native American Library Services: Basic Grants and the Education/Assessment Option

These noncompetitive grants to federally recognized tribes help them purchase library materials, acquire computers and provide Internet connectivity, and fund salaries. The Education/Assessment option is supplemental to the basic grants and also noncompetitive. It funds library staff participation in continuing education courses, training workshops, and conferences. It also allows libraries to hire a consultant for an onsite professional assessment.

Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants

These grants to federally recognized tribes expand services for access to information, learning, and partnerships.

Native Hawaiian Library Services

This program supports grants that implement new library services or enhance existing ones.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

These grants promote exploration and expansion of the frontiers of archival and library practices and services.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

These grants promote exploration and expansion of the frontiers of museum practices and services.

State Program Grants

The Grants to States program is the largest Federal source of funding to support library services in the United States. The IMLS uses a population-based formula to distribute annual grants among the State Library Administrative Agencies—official agencies charged by law with the extension and development of library services. Each year, thousands of Grants to States projects promote the priorities and assist the purposes of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Sources of Information


The IMLS offers a unique opportunity to work with the Nation's libraries and museums at the national level and in coordination with State and local organizations. The IMLS posts employment and internship opportunities on its Web site.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

An online guide answers frequently asked FOIA-related questions.


Search tools are available online to search for available grants and awarded grants.


The IMLS posts news releases and project profiles online, as well as its "UpNext" blog and "Primary Source" monthly newsletter.

Open Government

The IMLS supports the Governmentwide initiative to promote openness in the work of Federal agencies. It posts datasets on and maintains a data catalog that makes IMLS data accessible to developers, researchers, and to the general public.


Publications are accessible in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the "Publications List" Web page.


A collection of IMLS videos is available online. | Email:

For further information, contact the Office of Communications and Government Affairs, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North SW., Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024. Phone, 202-653-4757.