Libraries must complete and submit project applications online by the due date set by their public library system. Public library systems set their own individual application due dates through the online portal. Public library system boards of trustees will review project applications and recommend funding allocations to the State Library.

Public library systems must submit all system-approved applications to the New York State Library by Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

The Library’s State Aid for Library Construction webpage is available at:

The link to the application portal may be found at:

Please note that portal passwords expire periodically and may need to be reset. For username/password questions or help with login, please contact

Important Reminders for FY 2019-2020
Please make sure the Project Manager portion of the application contains the correct information. The Project Manager is the main contact for all information regarding the application. Also please verify the contact information for the Library Director.

There is a new MOU between NYSED and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) regarding exemptions from SHPO review, replacing the former “Appendix A.” This document is available at and is also linked from the Construction Aid web pages.

There are two new Assurances questions regarding State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) grant funding. All libraries must answer the first question. Libraries that receive SAM funding must also answer the second question.

Questions about applying for the $14 million in FY 2019/2020 State Aid for Library Construction program funds should be directed first to your public library system.

Questions about the program may be directed to Frank Rees at or to Natalie McDonough at