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November 25, 2017
SCKLS E-Books Reimbursement Grant
Grant Information & Forms


The E-Books Reimbursement Grant was created to assist member libraries in initiating their own local electronic media collections. You can see the variety of e-collections funded through the grant here. Having fulfilled its goal, the E-Book Reimbursement Grant will conclude at the end of 2017. Round Two of 2017 is the final round of the E-Book Reimbursement Grant.

As defined by the new SCKLS E-book Reimbursement grant program, e-books are defined as books, audiobooks, and/or magazines in digital format that are available for loan or use through a member library’s automated library system, e-book access platform or through an e-reader device loaned by the member library. E-textbooks are ineligible for a matching grant as are a member library’s participation, administrative, maintenance or other vendor fees associated with e-book purchases.

Grant applications must include copies of order(s) documenting the vendor, amount and titles of the e-books purchased and/or copy of an itemized subscription order(s).  An order documenting a purchased credit for e-books, titles not yet determined, is also acceptable. All provided documents must represent the original transaction between the library and vendor; invoices paid for with already-purchased content credit are not eligible. Invoices for purchasing new content credit, or for specific titles that are not being paid for with content credit, are eligible.

E-book vendors may include but are not limited to Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes and Noble, Ebsco, Follett, OverDrive, Proquest, Recorded Books, Zinio and 3M Cloud Library.  The E-book Reimbursement Grant Request amount must not exceed the cost of e-books purchased, up to a maximum of $3,000.

SCKLS has allocated a total of $70,000 or $35,000 for Round One 2017 and $35,000 for Round Two 2017 E-book Reimbursement Grants.

Application eligibility of school districts and/or public and special libraries with multiple branches is limited to one reimbursement grant per member library per year. Multiple schools from the same school district, or multiple branches from the same public library system, are not permitted to submit a joint application. Application eligibility for other public, academic and special member libraries is limited to one grant per member library per year. A member library must have updated information at the SCKLS Directory:


The E-books Reimbursement Grant Program will be administered in two rounds annually for 2017. Round One 2017 opens January 19, 2017 and closes April 7, 2017 with awards occurring by April 21, 2017. Round Two 2017 opens August 7, 2017 and closes November 24, 2017 with awards occurring by December 16, 2016.

Round One 2017 e
ligible e-book purchases must have occurred between October 26, 2016 and April 9, 2017. Round Two 2017 eligible e-book purchases must occur between April 10, 2017 and November 24, 2017.

Round One 2017 -  Now Closed
  • Opens: January 19, 2017
  • Closes: April 7, 2017 
  • Award by: April 21, 2017
  • Eligible purchase(s) must be made between October 26, 2016 and April 9, 2017

Round Two 2017 - Now Open

  • Opens: August 7, 2017
  • Closes: November 24, 2017 
  • Award by: December 15, 2017
  • Eligible purchase(s) must be made between April 10, 2017 and November 24, 2017

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