What is the Public Library Affiliate Program?
The Public Library Affiliate Program is a new initiative that recognizes public libraries as centers for American history learning for students and teachers and offers a range of free resources, program grants, and opportunities for professional development.
Why should my library join the Public Library Affiliate Program?
The Public Library Affiliate Program is a gateway to these exclusive resources for public libraries:
- Eligibility to receive a $400 grant for student-focused American history programming
- Scholarship opportunities for accredited online graduate courses in American history
- Free access to one small traveling exhibition and discounts on subsequent exhibitions
- $100 credit for Gilder Lehrman’s online History Shop
- Web portal featuring robust resources for librarians and students.
What is expected of a Public Library Affiliate?
Each library is asked to make primary and secondary American history materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute available to students and teachers. Each library is required to complete an annual survey to help us track the effectiveness of the program and the resources offered.
Can districts or consortiums join the Public Library Affiliate Program?
Each library branch must register individually. However, we encourage library districts or consortiums to make information about the program available to their libraries. We ask each library branch to select one person to serve as Public Library Affiliate Coordinator.
How do I register? How long will it take to process my registration form?
To register, please complete the Public Library Affiliate registration form. Library registrations are reviewed on a rolling basis. Within 10 days, you will receive an email from [email protected] acknowledging that your registration is complete.
How do I book a traveling exhibition for my library?
You may book a traveling exhibition online by completing our short application form. Public Library Affiliates are eligible to receive one small exhibition at no cost. In the application, please make sure to include that your library is a member of the Public Library Affiliate Program. Exhibitions are booked four to six months in advance and are scheduled upon availability.
How do I apply for Public Library Affiliate programming grants?
The Institute is pleased to award $400 grants to Public Library Affiliates for student-focused American history programming. Grants are offered annually to twelve libraries. Visit the Public Library Affiliate Program Grants page for information about current deadlines. All Public Library Affiliates are eligible to apply.
How do I apply for scholarships to online courses?
The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers accredited online graduate courses in American history. The Institute is pleased to offer up to five scholarships per year to librarians from the Public Library Affiliate Program. Applicants will be reviewed on a competitive basis. The Institute also offers a reduced fee for librarians auditing courses.
How do I obtain a $100 credit or a 25% discount at the History Shop?
A coupon code for a $100 credit to the Gilder Lehrman History Shop will be included in your welcome email. The $100 credit cannot be combined with the 25% discount. Once you have enjoyed the $100 credit, please email [email protected] for a 25% discount code.