State Grants-in-Aid to Public Libraries

State Grants-in-Aid are governed by the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) 4.5.2 which was revised effective June 1, 2016.

The purpose of the state aid program is to provide financial assistance that encourages and supports library service by public libraries and developing public libraries. The state aid program is intended to supplement and encourage local effort in providing local library service. The state aid program consists of developing public library grants and public library grants that may be used for: library collections; library staff salaries; library professional development; library equipment; or other operational expenditures associated with delivery of library services.

Distribution of Funds

Money from the state aid program is distributed to eligible public libraries in the following manner: the state library shall award at least a quarter of a share (0.25) of the annual allocation to developing libraries, one (1) share of the annual allocation to each public library, and one half (.50) of a share of the annual allocation to each branch and bookmobile.

Limitations on Funds
The grant amounts may vary by year, depending on the amount of the appropriation to the state library by the state legislature and the state library's other budgeted expenses. Public and developing libraries must expend all grant funds during the state fiscal year in which they are awarded (July 1 through June 30) to remain eligible for the next year's award.

2016/2017 State Grants-in-Aid to Public Libraries

2015/2016 State Grants-in-Aid to Public Libraries

2014/2015 State Grants-in-Aid to Public Libraries

2013/2014 State Grants-in-Aid to Public Libraries

2012/2013 State Grants-in-Aid to Public Libraries

For more information, contact the Development Bureau at 800-340-3890 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.