South Florida

Knight Foundation grant National digital library will expand its catalog with new grants

A digital platform that makes cultural and literature works available to anyone with an internet connection will grow its collection to include materials from all 50 states by 2017, thanks to $3.4 million in grants from Miami’s John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Digital Public Library of America links to libraries and archives across the United States with the goal of expanding access to cultural materials. Through partnerships with over 1,600 institutions, the digital library provides public access to more than 10 million items. The new grants will expand its network to all states. Current participants includ the University of Florida.

In addition, the Knight Foundation announced a second News Challenge on Libraries aimed at library innovation in 2016. Its initial library challenge grants were announced in 2014.