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South Dakota State Library Services

A list of services provided by the South Dakota State Library.

Pandemic Resources

Stimulus Grants Funding Information

Please keep checking this page for updates. 

The SD State Library will receive in April  $2,194,511 which must be expended by Sept. 2022. We can use the funds for anything mentioned in our current SD LSTA 5-Year Plan. This would include computers, online cataloging systems, printers, scanners, monitors, other switches and technical equipment to help a library function more effectively and efficiently and/or to be CIPA compliant. Other items like touchless check out systems, WiFi hotspots,  and  extra e-readers and laptops would also be in this category. 

Tentative plan is to open these grants on Monday, May 10th.

Grant amounts will be: $5,000 / $10,000 / $15,000 / $25,000 / $50,000 / $100,000

Each type of library will have a designated week to apply:

  • Public or School/Public combo
  • School District/System
  • Academic/Tribal/Special

Grant disbursements

Grant payments will be disbursed as reimbursements. Awardees will be required to work with their governing bodies or school administration to make sure they have the funds to purchase the items requested. Receipts must be submitted along with the final report for reimbursement.


Idea List for Libraries:

  • Computers/laptops 
  • Hotspots
  • Printers
  • Copy/scan/fax machines
  • ILS systems - ongoing costs must be in the library budget going forward
  • VHS to digital converters (Clear Click website provides examples; not endorsed by SDSL) 
  • Portable recording studios 
  • Digitization equipment (scanners, computers)
  • Tables with embedded tech
  • Charging stations
  • Self checkout systems
  • HVAC - can purchase equipment, but NOT installation costs
  • Join SDTTG – ongoing costs must be in the library budget going forward
  • 3D printers
  • Whiteboard walls
  • Robotics for kids’ programming (Ozobots, Sphero, Osmo, SnapCircuits, Raspberry Pi)
  • Green sheets, cameras, video equipment, tripods
  • Document camera 
  • E-readers preloaded with book collections  (so they can be used offline by patrons/students)
  • Bookmobiles are an approved purchase


FURNITURE: See below for clarification from IMLS.

Ask yourself, “How would the taxpayer view anything purchased with these funds? For example, if you are having an outdoor story hour, then a portable puppet theater would be allowable. If there was going to be an outdoor STEM project, some chairs or tables might be needed for craft activities. Those are the type of items that would be allowable. The stimulus funds are designed to help libraries to continue to offer services. The purchase of outdoor furniture that could be used by someone so they could sit and use the Wi-Fi that’s available sounds reasonable."  


These grants are NOT the same as the ALA Library Relief Fund grants. For more on the ALA grants, visit 


Siouxland Libraries


Public libraries preparing to reopen: examples from the field (Webjunction)

Texas State Library Reopening Libraries Resource Guide

Plan Examples and Resources - from ND State Library

Reopening Guide - from SC State Library

Reopening Guidelines - from Missouri

Staged Reopening - from Colorado Library Consortium

Recommendations from Georgia

Reopening - Not When, but How - American Libraries

Curbside Service and Phased Reopening Information - From RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Returning to Service: Libraries and COVID-19



If your South Dakota library has developed a plan you would like to share with others, please send to and we will post it on this page. 

Visit our School Libraries & COVID-19 page for topics useful to both school and public libraries including read alouds and fair use.

Topics include:

  • SDSL Databases for K-12
  • Digital books
  • Read Alouds & Fair Use
  • Digital Learning Tools
  • Freebies from Publishers & Vendors
  • Virtual Experiences
  • For Kids
  • Professional Time
  • Webinars & Continuing Education

Here is a graphic courtesy of the Alaska State Library sharing REALM project results of how long the virus lasts on certain materials. 

Archived Webinars:

Libraries and COVID-19: Considering Copyright during a Crisis webcast on April 3, 2020 using WebEx.

Your follow-up resources include:

Libraries and COVID-19: Considering Copyright During a Crisis, Part 2 webcast on April 17, 2020 using WebEx.

Your follow-up resources include:


E-Resource Information

Expanded free access for everyone

COVID-19 Healthcare Information Portal now available from EBSCO Information Services. (EBSCO Information Services) A team of healthcare professionals and evidence-based medical experts at EBSCO Information Services has launched a COVID-19 portal which aggregates real-time information updates from authoritative sources to provide information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Click here to access: COVID-19 Healthcare Information Portal

Learning Express Library provides resources for Career, Practice Tests, Elementary, Middle School, and High School.

Here is "How-To" information: Learning Express

There is a full length video (20 minutes), plus shorter ones on each aspect of how to use the resource.

There is also a one page Quick Start Guide here: Quick Start Guide



ProQuest has a Coronavirus Research Database. You may access it in either of these ways:

Direct link: ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database


If you access one of our other ProQuest resources, like ProQuest Research Library, if you click on Change databases:

You will see it on the list: