Construction Reimbursement

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.

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Construction Reimbursement Regulations & Application

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.


Library Construction Planning

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.


Library Construction Projects & Funding

Check current year reimbursement payments or view the list of public library construction projects reimbursed by the State of Rhode Island since the program's inception.

Karen Mellor
Chief of Library Services