STEM Learning in Libraries

For decades, public libraries have been evolving to become venues for informal science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, hosting programs and exhibits that inspire children and adults alike, and supporting them in their lifelong learning. Libraries serve diverse populations of all ages and backgrounds, and can be found in nearly every community across the United States. This page provides a brief overview of resources on that describe and support the intersection between libraries and STEM learning, as well as links to other relevant resources and communities.

Examples of Funded Projects

These are some abstracts of projects funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). To learn more about funding opportunities and deadlines, visit the Funding and Calendar pages.

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Key Resources

The following papers explore the role of public libraries in the STEM learning ecosystem.

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You can learn more using the Design Evaluation tab on, visit the STAR Library Education Network’s evaluation page, or see evaluation in action by browsing the following evaluation reports from library projects.

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Professional Associations, Networks, & Communities of Practice

Connect with the following organizations and communities of practice in order to deepen your expertise, learn from colleagues in the field, and build your professional network.

See Also


Photo Credits: Discover Tech Exhibit – Hunstville, AL. Credit: NCIL/SSI, Discover Earth Exhibit – Diboll, TX. Credit: NCIL/SSI, STEM Activity at the ALA Conference. Credit: NCIL/SSI.