May 19, 2022

President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Request Includes $230 Million for Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)


The $230 million asked for in the FY 2017 is the same amount (see chart embedded below) that IMLS received/enacted in FY 2016. The FY 2016 budget request was for $237,427,957.

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FY 2015 request was for $226,448,000. IMLS received $228 million, one million more than in FY 2014.

From Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Media Release (Feb. 9, 2016):

President Obama today released his FY 2017 budget request, which includes $230,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS, which will celebrate its 20 year anniversary this year, provides leadership for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums through grant making, policy development, and research. The Congressional Justification, which contains detailed information on the Budget Request, is now available.

The request includes:

  • $182,429,000 for library grant programs authorized by the LSTA.
    • Grants to State Library Agencies
    • Native American and Native Hawaiian Library Services
    • Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
    • National Leadership Grants for Libraries
  • $30,244,000 for museum grants and related programs.
    • Museums for America
    • Native American/ Native Hawaiian Museum Services
    • National Leadership Grants for Museums
  • $1,407,000 for the grant program authorized by the African American History and Culture Act;
  • $1,920,000 to collect data, carry out research, and identify best practices of the nation’s libraries and museums and future opportunities.

Read the Complete Announcement


Detailed Data About FY 2017 Budget Request (Also Embedded Below)

IMLS Budget Table (Incl. some Historical Data and also Embedded Bel0w)

Note: The complete FY 2017 Federal budget request was released today and can be accessed via and the GPO’s mobile site.

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations Request to the United States Cong… by LJ’s infoDOCKET

IMLS Budget Table (FY 2017) by LJ’s infoDOCKET

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