Official State of Rhode Island website
The State of Rhode Island, via the Office of Library & Information Services, provides grant-in-aid for the construction and capital improvement of any free public library in the state to provide better free library services to the public. Up to 50% of the eligible costs of public library construction and capital improvement projects may be reimbursed through this program.
The Regulations for Public Library Construction Reimbursement, approved by the Library Board of Rhode Island, define the eligibility criteria for construction projects and application for construction reimbursement and were updated in 2018. The application period is rolling; the program is not competitive.
Libraries must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the construction reimbursement program. See regulations for more details on individual criterion.
The Public Library Construction Reimbursement Program funds three categories of construction projects:
Your library meets all eligibility criteria, and you are ready to get started on an eligible project. What's the next step? Visit Getting Started for further details.
Current year reimbursement payments.
View the funding history of public library construction projects reimbursed by the State of Rhode Island since the program's inception.
Learn more about the program by reviewing the FAQs. Contact OLIS if you have any other questions about the program.