To participate in the Schools and Libraries Program, potential applicants, recipients of service, and service providers must first determine if they are eligible. To be eligible for E-rate discounts, a library:
- must be eligible for assistance from a state library administrative agency under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
- must not operate as a for-profit business
- must have a budget completely separate from any schools
Libraries are not required to have received LSTA funds; they must only be eligible to receive it.
(From the USAC Schools and Libraries News Brief 10/2/09)