School Library Collection Development Grant

The School Library Collection Development Grant was passed into law in April 2008

Sec. 3 Chapter 55 SLA 2008,
a Law establishing a grant program to support public school libraries.
Officially titled “Public School Library Collection Development Grant.”

But the law has not been funded by the Legislature.


November 7, 2012

Now that the elections are over, it is time to start thinking of how to get funding introduced in Juneau for this law.  The legislative session starts January 15th.  In the meantime we need to find one or more legislators to sponsor or co-sponsor the funding.  Once funding is sponsored, we will need to have lots of letters written by all of our library supporters: parents, students, teachers, principals, school board members, community members, etc.  In addition, we will need people to contact the media to get positive media support for this initiative.  The best chance we have of securing funding for this law is to have as many people supporting it as possible.  And that is only possible if we publicize it and talk it up among our coworkers, neighbors and friends!

What we need:

  • People to contact their legislator to ask if they will sponsor or co-sponsor funding.
  • People to spread the word in their community about what this bill is and the positive effects funding it will have on children in general and the community as a whole.
  • People to write letters and to ask others to write letters on our behalf.
  • People to contact the media.

Are you interested in helping with one of these tasks?  Please contact us at

The following statewide organizations are already on record as supporting our funding initiative:

  • Alaska Association of School Boards
  • Alaska Association of School Librarians
  • Alaska Association of Student Governments
  • Alaska Library Association
  • National Education Association, Alaska

This law provides grants to individual schools through their districts in amounts not to exceed $3,000 annually. These grant funds must be used to add resources to the library collections.  To be eligible for this grants schools must have:

  • Regularly scheduled in-library hours for all students in the school
  • Adult staffing designated to the library
  • Evidence of support of library/information literacy standards
  • Maintenance of ongoing library budget which can include staffing
  • Resources purchased must be for the library and not for the classroom

To learn more about the law, or to start advocating on our behalf, check out one of these resources:


November 8, 2011

AkASL is working again this year to get the legislation funded.  We are working with the teachers' unions and school board members to raise awareness on our need for funding and to get it into the legislative budget this year.  Please contact your school board member or union representative, in addition to your legislator, and ask them to support students throughout Alaska by funding this bill.

Below are some useful tools to use when contacting your legislator.  Please pass these on to other teachers, parents, students, and school administrators.  We need all the support we can get!

Use this online survey to gather comments and support from students, parents, teachers and others.

Want more background on the legislation and our progress to get it funded? Read this timeline.

Check out our Alaska Empty Shelves website found at  It has additional information about contacting legislators and has pictures of libraries in need of updated books!

Useful tools to contact your legislator:

Alaska Legislative Information

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

U.S. Senator Mark Begich

U.S. Rep. Don Young

Alaska State Legislature : This page is the launch pad to all legislative affairs. Contacts, directories, forms, Constitution, guides to the government and more.

State Public Opinion Message Form : to complete and FAX or mail.

State Legislative Information Offices Directory (LIOS)


February 18, 2010

AkASL is STILL working to get this legislation funded!

Help spread the word to write legislators and share the new website dedicated to the Grant- Alaska Empty Shelves found at

Check out the newly updated documents and information below and start writing today!


January 27, 2010

This law for school libraries to receive funding for building library collections is still not funded. AkASL is working to bring more tips on how you can help to get funding approved this session.


September 26, 2009

Grant Legislation is now law, but not yet funded.

The Alaska State Library is working to include funding in the upcoming budget sessions. Check back for more updates in January, 2010 – coming soon
October 9, 2008
Use this new flyer to help inform and persuade potential grant supporters. Flyer includes history and timeline, specific benefits and info on writing letters of support. Print some out today and spread the word!
October 3, 2008
The Governor’s budget is being formulated right now… take action today!

Start writing today to support funding of  Sec. 3 Chapter 55 SLA 2008 the “Public School Library Collection Development Grant.” You can read or print out the law as enrolled.
Alaska statutes AS14.56.360-375.

The law allows for an annual grant of $3,000 to be made available to Alaskan school libraries that meet the following criteria:

  • Provides physical space that can be identified as a library and is reserved for that purpose;
  • Provides regularly scheduled library hours for all students;
  • Provides designated library personnel to staff the library;
  • Provides evidence that library/information literacy standards are being promoted;
  • Maintains an ongoing library budget to include library staffing and materials;