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Space Utilization Grants

The State Library allocates federal funds to provide Iowa public libraries subgrants for consulting services on better utilization of the existing library space. These grants reimburse fees for professional advice from impartial consultants who provide guidance and recommendations to library directors, city officials and the community about use of existing space. The library space utilization grants have been funded by the State Library since FY94.

Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded as funds are available. A library may only receive one library utilization grant.

Grant Timeline

The FY24 Space Utilization Grant application period will open fall 2023. Up to six grants will be awarded to public libraries each fiscal year. Grant projects must be completed by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

Eligible and Ineligible Uses

Grants may be requested for the following consultation services:

  • Space Needs Assessment: Consultant will help make the best use of the current space in the library, and determine the area needed for the library's programs and services.
  • Building Program Review: Consultant will assist the library in writing and/or reviewing the library's building program statement.
  • ADA Compliance Evaluation and Planning: Consultant will advise on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for libraries.

LSTA funds for library utilization consultation may NOT be used for the following services:

  • Architect or engineer services
  • Equipment, installation, or implementation of the plan
  • Library furnishings
  • Fundraising
  • Written summary of project activities or outcomes
  • Written evaluation of the impact of the project on customer service

Staff Contact

For more information or questions, contact Jay Peterson.


IMLS LogoSpace Utilization Grants are supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of Iowa.