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The Library Council of Washington is a 13-member board that advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal funds, specifically funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services provided through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Mission and Roles


Members and Vacancies

LSTA National Priorities

All LSTA projects must advance one or more of the national LSTA priorities and must work to deliver library programs, services, and resources to the people of the state.

The national priorities are:

  1. Expand services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats (including new and emerging technology), in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages in order to support such individuals' needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, economic and business development, health information, critical thinking skills, digital literacy skills, and financial literacy and other types of literacy skills;
  2. Establish or enhance electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities, as described in 20 U.S.C. § 9134(b)(6), for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services;
  3. (A) Provide training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services; and (B) Enhance efforts to recruit future professionals, including those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, to the field of library and information services;
  4. Develop public and private partnerships with other agencies, tribes, and community-based organizations;
  5. Target library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills;
  6. Target library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved;
  7. Develop library services that provide all users access to information through local, State, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks; and
  8. Carry out other activities consistent with the purposes set forth in 20 U.S.C. § 9121, as described in the State library administrative agency's plan.

Grant Administrator

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Claire Imamura
Washington State Library
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460


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The activities of the Library Council of Washington are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.