The Continuing Education (CE) is a grant offered to all public libraries in taxing counties and public libraries which contract for Continuing Education/Training. Three grant windows are open each year and eligible libraries may apply for a maximum of $500.

The Accreditation and Development Program is available to public libraries located in counties in which SWKLS levies a tax.  SWKLS Public Library Accreditation is a grant requirement.

The importance of training and education to Southwest Kansas Libraries System member libraries has been consistently recognized and expressed by member library directors and boards, system board members, staff and administration. It is fitting that SWKLS budgets funds to offer grants to supplement what libraries are able to provide, in financial support for southwest Kansas library employees and trustees who want to take advantage of educational programs. The grants provide financial aid toward improving the library skills of the recipient and enabling him/her to become better informed about library management and services.

Accreditation process

The accreditation requirements vary depending on several factors, including the size of the library. There are seven different services levels (classifications):

Gateway                                       Fewer than 500 people

Linking                                           500 – 1,000 people

Service Center I                          1,000 – 2,500 people

Service Center II                        2,500 – 10,000 people

Major Service Center I             10,000 – 25,000 people

Major Service Center II              25,000 – 100,0000 people

Major Resource Center              More than 100,000 people

Additionally, SWKLS staff is available to assist libraries with the accreditation process.

Extended service grants

All accredited libraries who are taxing members of the system will be eligible for extended service grants. The amount distributed varies, is paid monthly, and is determined by library classification.

*NEW*  Accreditation grants

Starting in 2019, all accredited libraries are eligible for a $650 accreditation grant. The grants will be made in one yearly payment to each qualifying library.

Discretionary/Continuing education grants

All accredited libraries are eligible to apply for a Continuing education grant up to $500.00 per year.

Participation in the new library director training (A.P.P.L.E.) will be fully covered. Non-accredited libraries are eligible to receive an A.P.P.L.E. participation grant.

Additional funds may be distributed on an as needed emergency basis for members. An example situation is; all libraries need to purchase a software upgrade, and the expense was unplanned.


Grant changes from 2018

–          Funds are no longer distributed through Technology grants.

–          Library extended service grants were previously known as library development grants.