LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION BOND ACT GRANT APPLICATION SUBMISSION PERIOD OPEN
PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENSION
Due to the unprecedented interruption in operations caused by the coronavirus outbreak, and specifically for the benefit of the applicants who are working to develop and submit quality applications— while continuing to serve their communities— the New Jersey State Library, in consultation with the Governor’s Office, has made the decision to extend the deadline for submission of the first round of Library Construction Bond Act applications by 60 days to June 5, 2020. As a result, it will not be possible, as originally anticipated, to submit a list of approved projects to the Legislature in Fiscal Year 2020. The State expects, but can make no assurances, that the list will be submitted to the Legislature in mid-September. To alleviate the burden on libraries that are already under strain from the impacts of this outbreak we feel we must afford applicants this benefit during an extremely difficult period.
This web page was created for public librarians who intend to apply for this grant and provides information on the program, resource lists of architects, building program consultants, interior designers, and fundraisers.
To learn more, visit the links below:
- New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act regulation
- New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act timeline – EXTENDED DEADLINE
- Technical Assistance Webinar – January 22, 2020
APPLICATIONS OPENED ON MONDAY, MARCH 9 AT 9 A.M. EDT
PLEASE NOTE: Do not start to fill out an application until you have created all of your attachments, have all the necessary information, and you are ready to submit, as you cannot save your work. Each attachment upload is limited to 40 MB in size and may only be in the following formats: Word, Excel, PDF and jpg.
You will find helpful information on the grant application process on the Technical Assistance session slides 14-22, located in this PDF.
- Go to http://bond.njstatelib.org
- Log in using your Jersey Connect login if you have one. If you do not, register here for access to the application
- Start an application
- Attach required documents
- Complete, review and submit your application
- Review your submitted application
For technical assistance with the application form contact David Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Access templates required for the grant application here.
Please note: Templates updated February 24, 2020
Questions and Answers about the Bond Act
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions regarding the Library Construction Bond Act. As of February 20, 2020 the final Questions and Answers are posted below.
- Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Set 1 – February 11, 2020
- Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Set 2 – February 12, 2020
- Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Set 3 – February 14, 2020
- Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Set 4 – February 14, 2020
- Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Set 5 – February 14, 2020
- Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Set 6 – February 14, 2020
- Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Set 7 – February 14, 2020
- Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Set 8 – February 14, 2020
- Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Set 9 – February 14, 2020
- REVISED Questions and Answers about the Bond Act – Revised Set 9 – February 20, 2020
Please note: The answers in Set 9 have not changed. The previous document was missing four questions and some numbering was incorrect. The new questions are now #185 through #189, and the previous #185 through #190 have been renumbered #189 through #194.
A list of forms related to the Library Construction Bond Act.
Solicitation for Grant Applications
WINTER 2020 CYCLE
Issue Date: January 6, 2020
Applications Accepted March 9, 2020 through 4:00 p.m. EDT April 6, 2020.Please note: Templates updated February 24, 2020
The State Library does not make recommendations on any of the firms listed on these resource lists, but provides them for informational purposes. Worksheets on various topics related to library construction have also been developed.
- Advocacy and the Power of Narrative: Storytelling as a Fundraising Tool (American Libraries)
- Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces (Webjunction)
- Helsinki’s Poetic New Central Library Is a Public Space for the Digital Age (Metropolis)
- A Robot-filled, Architectural Marvel in North Carolina is the Library of the Future (Quartz)
- Chicago Finds a Way to Improve Public Housing: Libraries (New York Times)
- WBDG: Whole Building Design Guide This article, updated in 2017, gives an overview of design considerations for public libraries. The information on sustainable design is particularly interesting. It provides a checklist to ensure that public libraries incorporate sustainable design. The article also provides a quick overview of space needs and design demonstrating the kind of determinations and calculations that a building consultant will provide.
Resource lists of architects, building program consultants, interior designers, and fundraisers:
Americans with Disabilities Act:
Updated: March 19, 2020