American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries Selected Sites

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The American Library Association (ALA) has announced 200 libraries to receive grants through the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries.

These public, academic, school and tribal libraries represent 45 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Below is just a sampling of what libraries plan to use funds for; see the full list below.

  • When the pandemic hit, the Palmas Academy in Humacao, Puerto Rico, had to furlough its only librarian and close its library’s doors due to budget constraints. Before closing, this school library was the main hub for humanities-centered activities in the community. Using funding from the ARP grant, the library will reopen, hire staff and welcome back students and the wider community.
  • The Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, Arizona, was hit hard by the pandemic and has not fully reopened since closing in March 2020. The funding from the ARP grant will allow this institution, which houses a collection of over 10,000 volumes and archival material, to bring back their monthly Irish history book discussions and provide staff salaries.
  • Large groups of migrant workers live in the rural village of Cambria, Wisconsin, from April through October. This population relies on Jane Morgan Memorial Library. With ARP funding, the library will offer programming for this population and others, including bringing in speakers for adult humanities programming.

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries Recipients


Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville

Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo

University of Montevallo, Montevallo


Kuskokwim Consortium Library, Bethel

William A. Egan Library - University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau


Page Public Library, Page

Desert Foothills Library Association, Cave Creek

Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library (divisions of Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation), Phoenix

The Hopi Tribe, Kykotsmovi


Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library, Eureka Springs

University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain, Mena


Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles

San Jose State University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose

Sims Library of Poetry, Los Angeles


Basalt Regional Library, Basalt

Colorado Mesa University (Library), Grand Junction

Lone Cone Library District, Norwood


E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, Madison

Griswold Middle School Library, Griswold

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Sharon

Oxford Public Library, Oxford

Southington Public Library, Southington

Waterford Public Library, Waterford

West Haven Public Library, West Haven


Clay County Public Library System / Clay County Board of County Commissioners, Green Cove Springs

Broward County Library, Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach Public Library Association, Inc., Delray Beach

Florida B. Thomas Harlem Community Library / Hendry County Board of County Commissioners, LaBelle

Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa


Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Atlanta

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, Columbus

Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville

Sara Hightower Regional Library System, Rome


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu


Burley Public Library, Burley

Cascade Public Library, Cascade


Alpha Park Public Library District, Bartonville

Atlanta Public Library District, Atlanta

Berwyn Public Library, Berwyn

Blue Island Public Library, Blue Island

Bradley Public Library District, Bradley

Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin

Glen Ellyn Public Library , Glen Ellyn

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

Black Metropolis Research Consortium, University of Chicago Library, Chicago

Illinois Fire Service Institute Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign


Goshen Public Library, Goshen

Middlebury Public Library, Middlebury

Rushville Public Library, Rushville


Antelope Lending Library, Iowa City

J. Raymond Chadwick Library, Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount Pleasant

Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo

Nevada Public Library, Nevada

Polk City Community Library, Polk City

Spencer Public Library, Spencer

West Liberty Public Library, West Liberty


Caney City Library, Caney

Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence

Osawatomie Public Library, Osawatomie

Sedan Public Library, Sedan

Seward County Community College, Liberal

Weir Public Library, Weir

Winfield Public Library, Winfield


Corbin Public Library, Corbin

William B Harlan Memorial Library, Tompkinsville


Aba Healing Academy, New Orleans

Amistad Research Center, New Orleans

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette


Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta


Carroll County Public Library, New Windsor

Cecil County Public Library, North East

Garrett College, McHenry

Mount St. Mary's University - Phillips Library, Emmitsburg


Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield

Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke

Millbury Public Library, Millbury

Orange Public Libraries, Orange


Brandon Township Public Library, Ortonville

Central Michigan University Libraries, Mount Pleasant

Detroit 90/90 - University Prep Science & Math Elementary School, Sidney D. Miller Campus, Detroit

Dorr Township Library, Dorr

Hackley Public Library, Muskegon

Interlochen Public Library, Interlochen

Muskegon Area District Library, Muskegon


Edgerton Public Library, Edgerton

New Millennium Academy, Brooklyn Center

Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul

Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System, Waseca


Harrison County Library System, Gulfport


Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence

Rock Bridge High School, Columbia Public Schools, Columbia

Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield


Glacier County Library, Cut Bank

Great Falls Public Library, Great Falls


Hastings Public Library, Hastings

Ravenna Public Library, Ravenna

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha


City of North Las Vegas, North Las Vegas

New Hampshire

Keene Public Library, Keene

New Jersey

Boonton Holmes Public Library, Boonton

Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken

Kemmerer Library Harding Township, New Vernon

Linden Free Public Library, Linden

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Rider University , Lawrenceville

Trenton Free Public Library, Trenton

New Mexico

Bloomfield Public Library, Bloomfield

Carlsbad Public Library, Carlsbad

City of Anthony Public Library, Anthony

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque

Vista Grande Public Library, Santa Fe

New York

Alfred Box of Books Library, Alfred

Bronx Community College, Bronx

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo

Cortland Free Library, Cortland

Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls

Guttman Community College, CUNY, New York

Hillside Public Library, New Hyde Park

Macedon Public Library, Macedon

Millbrook Library, Millbrook

Niagara Falls Public Library, Niagara Falls

Orleans Public Library, LaFargeville

Prattsburg Free Library, Prattsburg

Schenectady County Public Library, Schenectady

Scholars' Academy, Rockaway Park

Seymour Public Library District, Auburn

The Southworth Library Association, Dryden

Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca

North Carolina

Ashe County Public Library, West Jefferson

Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville

East Carolina University, Greenville

Forest History Society, Durham

Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs

Hoke County High School, Raeford

Lincoln County Public Library, Lincolnton

Mars Hill University, Mars Hill

Perry Memorial Library, Henderson


Cleveland State University, Cleveland

Eastern Local School District, Beaver

Hubbard Public Library, Hubbard

Mechanicsburg Public Library, Mechanicsburg

Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Mount Vernon

Tipp City Public Library, Tipp City


Emerson North Alternative High School, Oklahoma City

Muskogee Public Library, Muskogee

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah

Tulsa Community College, Tulsa


Athena Public Library, Athena

City of Roseburg, Roseburg

Clatskanie Library District, Clatskanie

Western Oregon University, Monmouth


Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, Waynesboro

Apollo Memorial Library, Apollo

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Allentown

Braddock Carnegie Library Association, Braddock

Cambria Library Association, Johnstown

Community Library of the Shenango Valley, Sharon

Cooper-Siegel Community Library, Pittsburgh

James V. Brown Library, Williamsport

Jefferson Hills Public Library, Jefferson Hills

Kutztown Community Library, Kutztown

Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, Nazareth

North Wales Area Library, North Wales

Saint Marys Area School District, St Marys

Sayre Public Library, Sayre

Somerset County Library, Somerset

Upper Dublin Public Library, Fort Washington

William Jeanes Memorial Library, Lafayette Hill

Puerto Rico

Mayaguez Children's Library/Biblioteca Juvenil de Mayaguez, Mayaguez

The Palmas Academy, Humacao

Rhode Island

Cranston Public Library, Cranston

West Warwick Public Library, West Warwick

South Dakota

South Dakota State University Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings


Columbia State Community College, Columbia

Elizabethton High School, Elizabethton

Parrott-Wood Memorial Library, Strawberry Plains

Sevier County Public Library System, Sevierville

Soddy-Daisy Community Library, Soddy-Daisy


City of Leon Valley, Leon Valley

Dallas Independent School District, Dallas

Houston Baptist University, Houston

LSC-Tomball Community Library, Tomball

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, Pharr

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio


Davies Memorial Library, Lower Waterford

Highgate Library and Community Center, Highgate

John G. McCullough Free Library. North Bennington

Lawrence Library, Bristol


Buchanan County Public Library, Grundy

Chesapeake Public Library, Chesapeake

VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond


Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma

Yakama Nation Library, Toppenish


Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Odanah

Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Cambria

Mercer Public Library, Mercer

Poynette Area Public Library, Poynette


Eastern Shoshone Tribe Fort, Washakie