State Aid for Library Construction

Funds from an appropriation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction in the 2015 State Budget can provide up to 75 percent of approved costs of acquisition, construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of public libraries or public library system headquarters. For information about this program, please contact Lynne Webb.

Proposed changes to Regulations of the Commissioner §90.12 -- State aid for library construction -- Comments due by April 20, 2016

A preliminary draft of proposed changes to Commissioners Regulation CR 90.12 – State Aid for Library Construction is now posted (see link above). State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis invites the library community and other interested stakeholders to review and comment on this preliminary draft.  Comments are due by Wednesday, April 20, 2016, and may be sent to

The proposed changes to CR 90.12 are needed in order to align the regulations with recent amendments to Education Law 273-a, State Aid for Library Construction. This law was amended by Chapter 498 of the Laws of 2011 and, most recently, by Chapter 480 of the Laws of 2015. The proposed changes in the wording of the new regulations also reflect improvement suggestions offered by the public library systems and by State Library staff. 

After input is received on this preliminary draft, the intent is that a final version of the proposed regulations will be shared with the library community and also presented to the Board of Regents for discussion and approval. The official process for approval of changes to State regulations also provides additional opportunities for public comment.

Questions regarding the changes to CR 90.12 may be directed via e-mail to Lynne Webb, Program Manager, State Aid for Library Construction Program, Division of Library Development, New York State Library.

$14 Million State Aid for Library Construction


The following are in pdf .PDF format only:

$800,000 Public Library Construction Grant Program, in pdf .PDF format only (NOTE: funding for this program was eliminated in 2009)

FY2008-2009 grants | FY2007-2008 grants | FY2006-2007 grants | FY2005-2006 grants
FY2004-2005 grants | FY2003-2004 grants | FY2002-2003 grants | FY2001-2002 grants

Estimated Public Library Construction Needs 2012-2017

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Last Updated: March 30, 2016 -- asm