eBooks-for-All California

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The California State Library, in partnership with the Black Gold Cooperative Library System, has launched eBooks for All California. Created to equalize access across California, this statewide collection can be accessed by anyone with a California public library card and an internet connection.


Participating public libraries will offer their cardholders access to the free, shared statewide collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, many of which are simultaneous use. Libraries can make their Overdrive, CloudLibrary, and Axis 360 collections available alongside the statewide collection, all in one seamless, searchable app.

Users will no longer have to toggle between different providers to see the breadth of a library’s offerings, instead they can access all through the Palace Project’s eReader app. Libraries can simplify the way their users find their eBooks at the same time as expanding their collection with the statewide catalog of over 70,000 titles.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Eligible Geographies:

The eBooks-for-All grant opportunity is open to California libraries and library consortia. Grant opportunity is limited to California.

Matching Funding Requirement:

A cash match is required for these grants. The match will be based on your library’s Local Income Per Capita (LIPC) level, which is derived from California Public Libraries Survey data. Match requirement based LIPC will range between 20%-30%.


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  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants are federally funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and are awarded by the State Library to eligible California libraries.

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:

Payments will be issued in full.

It can take up to eight weeks for an awardee to receive funds after the signed claim form and/or report(s) are received by the State Library’s Fiscal Office.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Amanda Gamon, 1-916-603-6710, amanda.gamon@library.ca.gov