State Library issues more than $127,000 in grants statewide

PHOENIX – The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (State Library), a division of the Secretary of State, has approved more than $127,000 in matching grants throughout the state for library construction projects.

The grants were made possible by the Arizona State Legislature through the State Grants-in-Aid program.

“Libraries are changing to meet the informational, technological and educational needs of their communities,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan. “These changes may require building construction or technological infrastructure updates and I am proud to play a small part in getting the funds to communities throughout our state.”

The libraries receiving construction grant funding are:

  • City of Casa Grande Public Library: $45,100 to add study and conference rooms.
  • Globe Public Library: $12,000 for a roof replacement.
  • Yavapai County Library District Mayer Public Library: $32,400 for renovation.
  • Youngtown Public Library: $38,200 for a community room addition.

In 1981, the Arizona legislature developed State Grants-in-Aid (SGIA) to help Arizona libraries meet the information needs of Arizona residents. SGIA provides limited construction funding to public libraries, and annual awards to county library districts and to municipal libraries in cities with populations of 100,000 or more. In addition to construction, other primary uses for the grant funding include collections development, staff training, programming, supplies, and technology support.

More information about the SGIA program is available on the State Library website at azlibrary.gov in the Library Development Grants section.

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