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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Multilingual Collections Grant 2021-22

Resources for library staff serving diverse populations

Multilingual Collection Development Grant 2021-22

The South Carolina State Library is offering Multilingual Collection Development grants, available to public libraries in South Carolina. An application for funding, if accepted, will result in a grant award providing reimbursement to the County for qualifying expenditures up to $2,000. 

These grants will help ensure that speakers of languages other than English have access to new library materials in their first languages.
Grant funding must be used to purchase the following types of library materials:

  • Single-language materials (written entirely in a language other than English) 
  • Bilingual materials (containing the entire text in two languages)
  • Books and multimedia materials (DVDs, audiobooks, etc.) are allowed

Applications Closed
Applications have closed as of October 29, 2021. Project recipient announcements were made November 2021.  

Learn More

  • Please direct any questions about the application process to Wendy Coplen
  • For questions regarding multilingual collections and services, contact Caroline Smith.

This Project is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grants through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the South Carolina State Library (SCSL).

Grant Project Links

Upcoming Training for Library Staff

Upcoming Webinars:

Operationalizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Action (required for grant recipients)
Presenter: Mike Young, PASOs
Recommended for: All staff

Two identical sessions are scheduled:


Development, promotion, delivery and evaluation of intercultural programs for Spanish speaking audiences
Presenter: Irania Macias Reymann, Criss Cross Mango Sauce
Recommended for: Programming & outreach staff

Thursday, April 7 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.


Recorded Webinars for Library Staff

Community Resources

Resources: Collections

Resources: Programs and Outreach

SC State Library Information


Many South Carolina State Library programs, resources and services are supported in whole or in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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