Minnesota Regional Library Systems Legacy Grant SFY2010 - SFY2015
Regional Library Systems
A portion of Arts and Cultural Heritage funds of the Minnesota Legacy Amendment for Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage was appropriated by the Legislature to be distributed to the regional public library systems. Through the State Library Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Education, the regional public library systems receive a percentage of the Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant through a state formula.
There are over 350 public library buildings within Minnesota’s twelve regional public library systems. The regions and their member public libraries provide free access to library services and program activities for all residents of the region without discrimination. In addition, through cooperation, shared services, and reciprocal agreements, library users have access to a wide range of public library services, programs and resources within the region and statewide.
The regional systems work collaboratively with community organizations to provide programs to enrich the lives of Minnesotans. The systems have allocated funds towards statewide projects. The Arts and Cultural Heritage funds have enabled libraries to connect with authors, playwrights, musicians, historians, story tellers, and other artists. The tremendous success of the Arts and Cultural Heritage grant programs for the regional public library systems has created a increasing demand for continuing arts and cultural opportunities in libraries.