Museum and Library Services Act Signed into Law

Jan 2, 2019

The year 2018 ended on a good note for libraries and museums. On Monday, December 31, President Trump signed into law S. 3530, the “Museum and Library Services Act of 2018,” which reauthorizes, amends, and expands the programs of the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

This legislation updates the funding formula for the Library Services and Technology Act Grants to States program. The State Library administers Wyoming LSTA funds, with a focus on statewide resources such as the GoWYLD databases and interlibrary loan.

Over time, as more money is added to the program, the base amount of the annual grant will increase from $680,000 to $1,000,000 for each state with the remaining funds dispersed by population. Wyoming received just under $900,000 in LSTA funds this year, so the new formula is outstanding news for the Equality State.

Learn more about how the Wyoming State Library uses federal LSTA funds to support library services across the state.

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