ARPA E-Resources for Libraries

ARPA E-Resources for Libraries

The Montana State Library received an award of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to be spent by the end of 2022. The use of these funds must meet the intent of the Institute of Museum and Library Services ARPA goals and objectives. Objective 1.1 is "Advance digital inclusion through approaches that may include, but are not limited to, improving digital platforms, online services, connectivity (e.g., hotspots), and creating digital literacy programs, as well as creating new processes and procedures needed to sustain a robust online environment."

To help fulfill this objective, the State Library is providing these ARPA-funded resources to Montana library patrons through 2022:

  1. Additional funding for the shared OverDrive collection
  2. Promotional materials and outreach
  3. Extended subscription to OverDrive E-Magazines collection
  4. Trial subscription to Universal Class continuing education service, available through the OverDrive Libby app and at
  5. Trial subscription to Method Test Prep, available through the OverDrive Libby app
  6. Additional funding for young adult ebooks in the Digital Public Library of America's Palace platform (coming Spring 2022)
  7. Additional funding to expand access to ebooks and e-audio in school libraries through the Montana School Libraries Shared OverDrive Collection 
Early Literacy
  1. READsquared renewal for public libraries to support summer reading 
Additional Online Resources
  1. One-year subscriptions to remote-access online resources or mobile applications that extend library services during the pandemic: details coming soon
Audiobooks for offline use
  1. Playaways for public library patrons - coming Spring 2022
Please contact Cara Orban at the Montana State Library ( or 406-444-5350) if you have questions about any of these resources.

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