The grants are designed to help Native American libraries overcome many of the challenges they face and improve services to their communities. The Institute encourages libraries to use technology to bring information to people in new and interesting ways. At the same time, these grants support a range of traditional library services to ensure that users have access to all the kinds of information they need and want. Grant funds may be used to improve services to underserved communities and to persons who have difficulty using a library. They may also be used to establish or enhance electronic linkages with other libraries and service organizations, to promote the use of electronic networks, and to encourage the sharing of resources within and among communities.