The Iredell County Public Library has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $100,000 to expand its services through a mobile library.

The mobile library will be equipped with materials and technology resources and staffed by trained professionals that will serve community members who experience barriers to accessing traditional library services.

Staff will also deliver outreach services and materials to daycare centers, afterschool programs, and assisted living and senior centers. It will serve as a mobile hotspot, providing digital information and instruction on technological literacy to community members who cannot take advantage of traditional in-library services. By combining library, county, and community resources, the mobile library will serve as a county-wide resource center, reducing barriers and increasing access.

The current estimate for delivery of the vehicle is June of 2025. Library officials anticipate having the mobile library stocked and ready to begin outreach services in fall of 2025.

About LSTA Grants

LSTA grant awards are made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-252476-OLS-22). LSTA grants are awarded in response to specific needs of public, academic and community college libraries. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services to their communities.