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State Aid to Public Libraries

Aid Amounts | Allocation of State Aid | Other Resources

Aid Amounts

  • 2015-2016 State Aid (as of April 22, 2016): PDF
  • 2014-2015 State Aid (as of June 30, 2015): PDF
  • 2013-2014 State Aid (as of November 18, 2013): PDF
  • 2012-2013 State Aid (as of December 1, 2012): PDF
  • 2011-2012 State Aid (as of October 20, 2011): PDF
  • 2010-2011 State Aid (as of November 22, 2010): PDF
  • 2009-2010 State Aid (as of December 9, 2009): PDF
  • 2008-2009 State Aid (as of May 4, 2009): PDF
  • 2007-2008 State Aid (as of January 9, 2008): PDF
  • 2006-2007 State Aid (as of December 7, 2006): PDF
  • 2005-2006 State Aid (as of November 10, 2005): PDF
  • 2004-2005 State Aid (as of June 13, 2005): PDF
  • 2003-2004 State Aid (as of October 30, 2003): PDF
  • 2002-2003 State Aid (as of December 2, 2002): PDF
  • 2001-2002 State Aid (as of June 2002): PDF 
  • 2000-2001 State Aid (as of February 2001): PDF

Allocation of State Aid

State Aid to Public Libraries is distributed according to a formula that allocates 50% of the total State Aid to Public Libraries appropriation as equal block grants to each eligible county, plus an additional block grant to each multi-county regional library. For example, Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center receives one block grant as a single-county library system. Pettigrew Regional Library receives five block grants: one for each of the four counties comprising the system, plus one for the region itself. Municipal libraries qualifying for State Aid do not receive block grants.

The remaining 50% of the State Aid fund is allocated as per capita income equalization grants. Each eligible regional, county and municipal library system receives a per capita grant that is inversely proportional to the local per capita income. In the most affluent system the local per capita income is approximately twice that of the least affluent. The per capita equalization grant, therefore, results in the poorest system receiving about twice as much per capita as the richest.

The State Aid legislation stipulates that the appropriation is intended to promote, aid, and equalize public library service in North Carolina. The formula does this with block grants by recognizing the county as the unit of local government that has proved most effective in guaranteeing and sustaining public library service to the largest number of people. Equal block grants also favor the least populous counties by recognizing that these smaller counties have a smaller base for support for public services. The weighted per capita grants reinforce the commitment to equalization by directing more aid to those least able to underwrite library service. These grants are available to any public library, including municipal libraries, that establishes its eligibility according to the Rules and Regulations for the Allocation of State Aid to Public Libraries.

Other Resources

Eligibility for State Aid from NC Administrative Code

State Aid in North Carolina (pdf) presentation at NCPLDA, March 25, 1999

State Aid Study (pdf) presented at NCPLDA, March 25, 1999