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Grants to Texas Public Libraries in Small Communities to Purchase Books

J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award


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Geographic Focus
USA: Texas

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Texas public libraries that serve small communities to purchase books, audiobooks, and ebooks. Funding is intended to assist libraries that have received support and promotion from their communities, including local governments, organizations, and individuals. The selection committee also considers the library’s support of the community and the library’s need for additional book resources.

No more than 50% of the funds may be used to obtain ebooks, whether that is by transfer of ownership or by license/subscription; the committee strongly encourages purchasing rather than licensing when feasible. The committee recognizes that many small libraries obtain ebooks through consortia that may provide other services as well. Funds spent on ebooks may include payment for services directly in support of accessing the ebooks, such as platform preparation, but may not be spent for services unrelated to obtaining access to ebooks.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Application is open to public libraries in Texas who meet all of the following criteria:
- Accredited by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
- Legally established*
- Serve a population of 20,000 or less (per the library’s annual TSLAC report)
- Open for service at least twenty hours per week

A legally established public library is one established as a department of a city or county government by charter, resolution, or ordinance: or by contract as provided for in the Interlocal Cooperation Act, Texas Civil Statutes, Article 4413 (32c): or as a nonprofit corporation chartered by the Office of the Secretary of State for the purposes of providing free public library services, and having a current contract with a city, county, or school district to provide free public library services for the city, county, or school district.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be received no later than December 15, 2023.

The committee expects to notify all applicants of its decisions by early March 2024.

Awards will be presented at the Opening Awards & Author Session of the Texas Library Association annual conference, on Tuesday, April 17, 2024, at 12:15 – 1:45 PM.

Number of Grants
The selection committee determines the number of awards each year.

Estimated Size of Grant
The total amount available for awards each year is determined by the net income of the trust. In 2022, a total of $48,000 was distributed to six libraries.

Term of Contract
The committee intends that the funds be spent within one calendar year of receipt.

Contact Information
Direct questions, and submit applications to:
Gretchen McCord

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Texas Library Association
3420 Executive Center Drive, Suite 301
Austin, Texas 78731
P: 512-328-1518
F: 512-328-8852

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