Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer

Texas State Library and Archives Commission to offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 • Austin, Texas • News Release

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” disaster relief grants to public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Guidelines will be released September 18 on the TSLAC website,

Libraries in the counties declared a disaster area or a sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Greg Abbott will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 per affected location, with  a maximum of $25,000 for libraries with multiple affected branches. Eligible libraries can apply for funds for either recovery from losses sustained in the storm and subsequent flooding or to provide library-related emergency services to persons impacted by the storm.

TSLAC intends to make approximately $300,000 available for Rebuilding Texas Libraries grants from Library Services and Technology Act funds allocated to Texas by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Libraries will be able to use the funds to purchase books and other library materials, technology, furniture, and contractual services to speed their recovery.

“We are eager to assist Texas libraries in recovering from this devastating storm,” said Mark Smith, TSLAC Director and Librarian. “Libraries are an essential service that the community relies upon in times of crisis. We want to help them to return to full capacity so they may fulfill that vital role,” Smith said.

Applications will be due by October 16 and grants will be awarded by November 3. Libraries will have until the end of January to spend the funds.

For more information please contact Stacey Malek, Program Coordinator Library Development & Networking Division via email at