Space Utilization Grants

State Library of Iowa allocates federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds to provide Iowa public libraries consulting on space utilization. These grants pay for professional advice from impartial consultants who provide guidance and recommendations to library staff, city officials and the community about use of existing space. The library utilization grants have been funded by the State Library since FY94. Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded as funds are available. A library may only receive one library utilization grant.

Grant Timeline

Funding for FY22 grants is available after July 1, 2021. The funding follows the state fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), but projects may run the length of the calendar year, extending over two state fiscal periods. Projects should be completed within a 12-month period.

Eligible and Ineligible Uses

LSTA grants may be requested for the following consultation services:

  • Space Needs Assessment: Consultant will help make the best use of the current space in the library, and determine the area needed for the library's programs and services.
  • Building Program Review: Consultant will assist the library in writing and/or reviewing the library's building program statement.
  • ADA Compliance Evaluation and Planning: Consultant will advise on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for libraries.

LSTA funds for library utilization consultation may NOT be used for the following services:

  • Architect or engineer services
  • Equipment, installation, or implementation of the plan
  • Fundraising
  • Written summary of project activities or outcomes
  • Written evaluation of the impact of the project on customer service

Staff Contact

For more information or questions, contact Michael Scott.

Application Process

1. Contact a library building consultant. Please note that only qualified building consultants with prior library building experience will be eligible to receive grant monies.

This consultant is willing to work with Iowa libraries on these projects, but you may find other consultants willing to do the work too.

Denny Sharp A.I.A
Des Moines, IA 50309


Shana L. Stuart, Ph.D., MLIS
School of Library and Information Science
3078 Main Library
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242


2.  Negotiate fees and get a quote from the consultant prior to submitting the grant application.
The grant is up to $3,000. The local library may add money to the project if it is over $3,000

3. Complete the application
Complete the application and submit it to:
email as an attachment to:
or mail to:
State Library of Iowa
Attn: Michael Scott
1112 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319

4. The consultant may begin work ONLY after the library has been notified of an award and a contract has been signed by the State Library, the library and the Iowa Department of Education.
The consultant will invoice the library after work is completed. The library will pay the consultant's fees.
Submit the consultant's invoices and proof of payment (a copy of the check that paid the consultant) to IaLS for reimbursement.

5. Funding Process
Funding is reimbursable; invoices are paid by the library directly to the consultant and then submitted for reimbursement to the State Library. Libraries must have a signed contract with the State Library before actual work may begin. Reimbursement cannot be guaranteed if the consultant's work begins before the State Library makes the award and the contract is signed.