The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was signed into law on March 11. It designates $200 million in pandemic response funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Of the $200 million, $178 million is allocated for state library administrative agencies. Idaho’s allotment of the ARPA funding was approximately $2.4 million. More than 90% of Idaho’s allotment ($1.8M) has gone directly to Idaho libraries through the “Keep Students Learning and Adults Earning” grant to libraries.
Through the Learn/Earn grant, the ICfL was able to fund 48 libraries and a variety of projects across Idaho. Grantees included public, school, academic, and special libraries, which includes tribal.
An additional $310,000 was provided through a separate opportunity to 96 Idaho public libraries to help them purchase digital content through OverDrive.