The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

School Libraries
Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries provides funding support on a competitive basis to public school libraries—located in the United States and led by a certified school librarian—for the creation and implementation of a local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions their school library as a necessary resource in the community, tying in the theme “Strong School Libraries.”

Monetary Amount:

  • $3,000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators.

  • $2,000 for both the school librarian and school official (or volunteer parent) to attend the AASL national conference or the ALA Annual Conference during the years when there is no AASL national conference.


  • All applicants (individual or institution) must be current members of ALA and AASL at the time the application is submitted.
  • The public school library must be located in the United States, with one staff position being held by a certified school librarian.

  • Grant is for one (1) year and is not intended for the project to extend for multiple years.

  • Grant applications are kept in a pool for two years from date of receipt. Prior applications may be updated each year, as long as they are received by the application deadline.

  • Institutions represented by The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries jury can be eligible to apply, but committee members must recuse themselves from the discussion, voting or decline the nomination if they have a conflict of interest.  

For additional information and to apply, visit the website: