eBooks for all California Collection Development Grant 23 24

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Help build the statewide eBook collection and develop a collection of materials that meet the diverse set of reading needs of all of California.  


Help build the statewide eBook collection!

Applications will open on May 15th and must be submitted by June 20th at 12:00 noon Pacific. The California State Library invites public libraries to apply for funding to build our shared statewide collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, accessible to every library in the state. 

The collection, currently consisting of over 100,000 copies of over 36,000 titles, is designed to meet the recreational and informational reading needs of California’s diverse communities. Many titles are licensed for simultaneous use. The collection is available to all public libraries to provide for free to readers of all ages. Libraries wishing to have access to this collection must be on the Palace App

Libraries can access the collection through the Palace App, an eReader aggregator that can browse and display materials from Overdrive, CloudLibrary, and other similar services. 

The eBooks for All Palace Project not only includes materials inside the app, it also includes a geolocated collection of materials that are all licensed for simultaneous use to anyone inside of California, with or without a library card. 

If your library or organization is interested in purchasing materials for inclusion in this growing statewide collection, the California State Library would welcome your participation.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Libraries and consortium that are subscribed to the Palace Project and in California may participate.  

Eligible Geographies:

Must be located in California.  

Matching Funding Requirement:

All matching funds must be a 'cash match' spent inside of California's eBook marketplace.   

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
July 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
~12 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

These funds come from the Library Services and Technology Act.  

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Christopher Robert Durr, 1-916-603-7115, chris.durr@library.ca.gov