OXFORD — The Oxford Public Library has been selected by the American Library Association to receive one of 77 grants nationwide. This library was the only Connecticut library awarded grant funding for the ALA COVID Library Relief 2022 Fund. ALA has provided $1.55 million in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Through the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund, grantees representing academic, public, school, and tribal libraries have received grants to support library services and operations.
Oxford Public Library’s grant funding will support digital loaning platforms, educational resources, and materials for adults, developing and updating collections such as graphic novels, juvenile, young adult and adult nonfiction and books related to travel, tourism, and culture, as well as health and mental wellness.
First Selectman George Temple said, “Our library staff should be congratulated for their proactive work in seeking funding for such important materials.
“The resulting impact of their hard work will be apparent for years to come.”
The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund represents a significant non-federal grant opportunity for libraries.
The funds support libraries’ efforts to increase and enhance technology access, collection development, digital instruction, staffing, and outreach, while maintaining and amplifying existing services through the end of 2022.
The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund is supported by Acton Family Giving as part of its ongoing response to the pandemic.
“We truly appreciate the continued generous support from Acton Family Giving to help so many libraries provide needed services to traditionally underserved communities across the country.” said ALA President Patty Wong.
“These grants will allow so many libraries to have a critical impact on those who depend on them during these challenging times.”