NASA@ my library

NASA@ My Library
Frequently Asked Questions

What types of libraries are eligible?

NASA@ My Library is open to public libraries in the United States. Public libraries in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underserved groups are especially invited to apply. Individuals and federal entities are not eligible to apply.

Late, incomplete, and ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

What is an underserved population?

Groups underrepresented in STEM fields include Hispanics and Latinos, African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, the economically disadvantaged, people with disabilities, and women and girls.

Rural and geographically isolated areas may also be considered underserved populations.

Can public library systems or districts apply?

Public library systems or districts can apply for the NASA@ My Library project.

PLEASE NOTE: For systems or districts interested in the NASA@ My Library project, ONE branch within the system or district must be designated in the application, with ONE individual from that branch serving as the NASA@ My Library Project Director.

Materials sent may be shared among multiple branches within an awarded public library system or district, but the designated NASA@ My Library Project Director is responsible for maintaining the condition of each NASA STEM Facilitation Kit and the NASA STEM Backpacks. The designated NASA@ My Library Project Director will also be responsible for collecting required reporting information from each branch within their awarded system or district that hosts programming using the NASA STEM Facilitation Kits.

Alternately, branches within a public library system or district may choose to apply individually for NASA@ My Library. Applications from each branch within a public library system or district will be reviewed individually, therefore in competition with one another.

When will I be notified if my library has been selected as a NASA@ My Library Partner?

All applicants will be notified of their award status by May 1, 2017.

If my library receives the grant, when will I receive the NASA STEM Facilitation Kits?

The NASA@ My Library grant format is divided into two phases – all successful applicants will be required to participate in Phase 1, and can opt-in to participate in Phase 2. The shipping timeline for the NASA STEM Facilitation Kits is still under review, but will likely follow this shipping timeline (subject to change):

- Facilitation Kit #A, Sun-Earth-Moon Connections, by May 15, 2017
- Facilitation Kit #B, Expanding Your Senses, by March 2018
- Facilitation Kit #C, The Search for Habitable Worlds, by fall 2018
- Facilitation Kit #D, Exploration, by spring 2019

Additionally, selected sites that participate in Phase 2 will receive NASA STEM Backpacks, designed for circulation.

Can my library buy a NASA STEM Facilitation Kit?

The NASA STEM Facilitation Kits are not available for purchase. However, the contents of each kit will be published online after they are shipped to awarded libraries, so an interested library would be able to compile each one at their own expense.

What if I missed the pre-application webinar?

A pre-application webinar was held February 8, 2017 providing more information about the NASA@ My Library project and answering questions about the proposal process.

To access the recorded version of this webinar at any time, visit:

What if I have questions about my application?

Call the ALA Public Programs Office with any application or grant-related questions – (312) 280-5045 or toll free at (800) 545-2433 x 5045.

You can also send an e-mail to

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