The State of Rhode Island, via the Office of Library and 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 Construction Reimbursement Regulations, 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. All projects must comply with all regulations in order to be eligible for reimbursement. The application period is rolling; the program is not competitive. The new application will be available in October 2018.
A capital project, whether a new library or renovation of an existing facility, is a complicated and time-consuming process. The key to a successful project is planning. Review OLIS' Construction Planning Guide to get started. Learn about the history of the program and review how the program works, among other resources.
Learn more about the program by reviewing the FAQs. Contact OLIS if you have any other questions about the program. It is recommended that you contact OLIS and keep the agency informed of your construction plans from the earliest stages of the project. For contractors and municipalities, review the contractor requirements.