Institute for Museum and Library Services

The Institute is an independent agency created by the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-208). The Act moves federal library programs from the Department of Education and combines them with the museum programs of the former Institute of Museum Services. The Institute provides distinct programs of support for libraries and museums and also encourages partnership between museums and libraries. IMLS consists of the Office of Museum Services and the Office of Library Services. IMLS supports all types of museums, including aquariums, arboretums and botanical gardens, art museums, youth museums, general museums, historic houses and sites, history museums, nature centers, natural history and anthropology museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, specialized museums, and zoological parks.