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General LSTA Information

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program is open to all types of libraries in Ohio. Grant funds may be used to purchase items which will assist a library in meeting one of the two broad based purposes of LSTA: 1) technological innovation and electronic linkages, and 2) services to the underserved. Eligible public, school, academic, research, or special libraries may initiate grant proposals.

The State Library of Ohio worked closely with a fifteen member Advisory Council, which is broadly representative of the Ohio library community, to develop a Five-Year Plan (2013-2017) for the use of LSTA funds in Ohio. The goals and activities of the current plan align with goals from the strategic plans of both the State Library of Ohio and IMLS. The LSTA Advisory Council will assist State Library staff in determining priority areas for competetive grant funding each year.

A financial match of 25% of the total project cost is required for all grant programs. Detailed information on the LSTA grant program, including criteria and eligibility requirements, grant guidelines, and examples of previously funded projects can be found on the individual grant description page.

Questions regarding LSTA should be addressed to Missy Lodge, Head, Library Programs and Development at 800-686-1532, 614-644-6914 or

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