Texas Library Grants

Since the Texas Book Festival’s (TBF) founding in 1995, it has been a part of the TBF’s mission to promote Texas libraries and literacy. Each year, funds raised at the annual Texas Book Festival support grants that are distributed the following year. Since 1996, the organization has funded 1,010 grants totaling more than $2.6 million to over 600 libraries across Texas. Click here to see past winners.  Grant applications are now closed. Winners will be announced at the TLA conference in April. Applications for the 2015-2016 grant cycle will be posted November 2015.


In order to expand our statewide impact around book collections, the Texas Book Festival has decided to focus its public library grants on collection requests and will no longer provide technology or literacy initiative grant funding.

TBF Library Grants will be awarded for Collection Enhancement Grants:

  • Collection Enhancement Grants support libraries in replacing worn books and adding new books to the collection. They serve to upgrade or increase book collections, e-books, books on CD, and special collections in support of community needs. Collection Enhancement Grants are funded up to $2500. Requests for e-content will be awarded up to $1,500.

TBF raises funds to support these libraries through a variety of programs, events, and fundraising channels, including individual, corporate, and foundation grants and support.


The Texas Book Festival awards grants to support collection enhancement for Texas public libraries. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities.

How to Apply

Library Grant Applications for the 2014-2015 grant cycle are now closed.  Grants for the 2015-2016 cycle will be available in late November of 2015. 

2014 Library Grant Winners:

  • Alpine Public Library
  • City of Presidio Library
  • Comfort Public Library
  • Dallas West Branch, Dallas Public Library
  • Dublin Public Library
  • East Branch Library, Arlington Public Library System
  • Elgin Public Library
  • Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library
  • George Washington Carver Branch Library, Austin Public Library
  • Kirbyville Public Library
  • Lakehills Area Library
  • Leander Public Library
  • Live Oak County Library, George West
  • Mesquite Public Library
  • Olton Area Library
  • Schleicher County Public Library
  • Sterling County Public Library
  • Tyler Public Library
  • Winters Public Library

2013 Library Grant Winners:

  • Arlington Public Library
  • Bastrop Public Library
  • Bay City Public Library
  • Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library
  • Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
  • Elgin Public Library
  • Flower Mound Public Library
  • Forest Hill Public Library
  • Jacksonville Public Library
  • Lakeshore Library
  • McMullen Memorial Library
  • Pauline & Jane Chilton Memorial Public Library
  • T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library
  • W.O. Haggard Library
  • Wells Branch Community Library
  • Woodland West Branch Library