Emergency Rules Save State Aid for Public Libraries

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State Aid in the time of Covid

Emergency Rules Save State Aid for Public Libraries

Did you know the pandemic threatened State Aid Grants to public libraries this year?

For half a century, Oklahoma’s public libraries have been counting on annual State Aid grants to improve collections, purchase technology, sponsor programs for adults and children. Some of our smallest public libraries depend on State Aid grants to keep the doors open for their communities.  To receive State Aid grants, libraries must meet certain requirements, such as operating budget, paid staff, open hours, interlibrary loan service, and others. But then the pandemic hit…

Find out how the ODL staff and board saved the day! Read examples of how libraries spent last year’s State Aid funds responding to COVID-19. Plus, we link you to a document that includes comments from all of Oklahoma’s public libraries about their use of the grants and the continuing importance of the program.