Libraries Lead with Digital Skills


The American Library Association is pleased to share Libraries Lead with Digital Skills—a new initiative, sponsored by Google, to ensure that public libraries across the nation receive ongoing access to free tools and resources to help everyone across America grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

The initiative is launched in collaboration with Grow with Google, which has made a commitment to delivering in-person workshops for job seekers, small businesses, and library staff in all 50 states. The tour consists of free, one-day events hosted in local libraries, with the goal of helping people learn valuable digital skills like how to use the internet to help their small business grow, or how to use online tools to organize a job search. Learn more about the tour and upcoming events on the Grow with Google Events page.

As the Grow with Google tour visits each state, PLA will make micro-funding available to libraries throughout that state so that they can provide programming, outreach, and education in their own libraries, to address the digital skills gaps of job seekers and small businesses.

An application for each state will be available following the state’s Grow with Google workshops, on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Open Applications

Read How to Receive a $1,000 Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Grant before you submit an application.

Preview the application for all states (PDF, 13 pgs.).

Applications are open for:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Ohio
  • New Mexico

You may not apply until the application for your state has opened.

View the spreadsheet with state application deadlines at

Stay tuned for more information and deadlines. Be sure to check back!

Questions regarding the application and process should be directed to the Libraries Lead Team at

About Grow with Google

Launched in 2017, Grow with Google is an initiative to help create economic opportunities for all Americans and draws on a 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Grow with Google aims to help everyone across America—those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow—access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

  • Job seekers can grow their skills in order to find new jobs and advance their careers.
  • Startups can learn how to get their ideas the exposure they need to succeed.
  • Small business owners can build their online presence and find new customers.
  • Students and teachers can learn how to put the latest technology to work inside and outside of the classroom.

Libraries and other nonprofit organizations can access free curriculum and outreach tools through the Grow with Google Partner Program, and can apply for micro-funding from the American Library Association and Grow with Google’s Libraries Lead with Digital Skills initiative.

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