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In-Kind Grant Program

Since 2006, LibQUAL+® has offered in-kind grants for participation in the LibQUAL+ survey. With a goal to offer one grant for every 50 registered libraries, a total of up to five institutions are awarded grants each year.

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2016 grant program is December 31, 2015.

Selection of grant recipients is based on the following criteria:

  1. Financial need. The ability of the institution to pay the 2015 fee for participation in LibQUAL+ will be considered. Applicants with the greatest financial need, who also meet the other criteria, will be given priority.
  2. Contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+. The LibQUAL+ team continues to have strong interest in expanding the reach and scope of the survey in terms of how the survey is applied in different environments. Institutions whose participation would represent a new library type, a new language translation, a new country, or would otherwise increase the diversity of the LibQUAL+ project are particularly encouraged to apply. The team is seeking institutions whose participation will provide the team with the best opportunity to further its understanding of library service quality.
  3. Improvements in local service and quality. The ability of the participating library to both improve overall services and contribute to the quality of service provided to students and faculty at the institution will be considered.

How to apply

Interested applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:

  • A three- to five-page narrative explaining their unique situation and how they meet the criteria above (approximately 1,500 to 2,500 words)
  • A brief paragraph describing their institution (less than 500 words)
  • The name, phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address of the contact person for the application
  • A short biography of the person applying on behalf of the institution

Applications will be accepted via e-mail to libqual@arl.org, by fax to (202) 872-0884, or by mail to:

LibQUAL+ Grant Award
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800
Washington DC 20036-1543

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the LibQUAL+ Steering Committee consisting of the following individuals:

  • Colleen Cook, Trenholme Dean of Libraries, McGill University, Canada
  • Fred Heath, Vice Provost and Director, University of Texas Libraries, USA
  • Martha Kyrillidou, Senior Director, Statistics and Service Quality Programs, Association of Research Libraries
  • Elliott Shore, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries
  • Bruce Thompson, Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology and CEHD Distinguished Research Fellow, and Distinguished Professor of Library Science, Texas A&M University, and Adjunct Professor of Allied Health Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine (Houston), and Executive Director Emeritus, Southwest Educational Research Association, USA
  • Stephen Town, Director of Information and University Librarian, University of York, UK

Grant Recipients


  • Lahore University of Management Sciences


  • Mzumbe University
  • San Diego Law Library


  • Crafton Hills College (Yucaipa, California)
  • Marylhurst University (Lake Oswego, Oregon)
  • Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Hong Kong, China)


  • University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus)
  • Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Missouri)
  • The University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica)


  • Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, Georgia)
  • Gateway Community College (New Haven, Connecticut)
  • Governors State University (University Park, Illinois)
  • Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas)


  • Elizabeth City State University, G.R. Little Library (Elizabeth City, North Carolina)
  • Castleton State College Library (Castleton, Vermont)
  • Capital Community College Library (Hartford, Connecticut)


  • Sistema CETYS Universidad, Biblioteca y Centro de Información "Luis Fimbres Moreno" (Baja California, Mexico)
  • North Carolina Central University, James E. Shepard Memorial Library (Durham, North Carolina)


  • Arkansas State University Mountain Home, Norma Wood Library (Mountain Home, Arkansas)
  • The College of the Bahamas Library System (Nassau, Bahamas)
  • University of Dallas, William A. Blakely Library (Irving, Texas)
  • Meharry Medical College Information Center Library (Nashville, Tennessee)


  • Armstrong Atlantic State University, Lane Library (Savannah, Georgia)
  • British Columbia Okanagan Library (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University Library (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Our Lady of the Lake, Sueltenfuss Library (San Antonio, Texas)
  • University of New Orleans, Earl K. Long Library (New Orleans Lousiana)


  • Alabama A&M University, J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center (Normal, Alabama)
  • Cisco Junior College (Cisco, Texas)
  • Morehead State University, Camden-Carroll Library (Morehead, Kentucky)
  • Nevada State University (Henderson, Nevada)
  • Scottish Agricultural College (Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom)
  • Wuhan University Library (Wuhan, Hubie, China)