The Scott Community College (SCC) Library has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the State Library of Iowa’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.
The funding will be used to update the library’s current technology and bolster digital materials to improve access and support digital inclusion for SCC students.
ARPA is a federal program that was approved by Congress in March 2021. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) determined the priorities and rules surrounding how these funds may be used and distributed the funding to state libraries.
“We are excited to offer these ARPA grants to community college libraries and anticipate the positive outcomes that will result, especially because we believe the ones who will benefit most are our college students,” said Michael Scott, State Librarian of Iowa.
Grant funds may be used for materials and technology that enable libraries to reach residents, especially in support of education, health, and workforce development needs.
The SCC Library, a branch of Scott Community College’s campus, offers a full range of services including an online library catalog, books and ebooks, research guides, loanable technology, quiet study spaces, and more.