Through block grants to states and grants to individual libraries, the federally funded Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) supports a variety of library-based education and conservation projects. Funded at just over $197 million in FY 2000, the agency is perceived as an important component of the effort to eliminate the "digital divide" and has received bipartisan support. President Clinton has proposed an increase in funding to more than $206 million for FY 2001.

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