In 2001, Baltimore City Public Schools began applying for Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) funds that are used to renovate the physical space at each location and ensure proper configuration, environmental abatement, quality air control, lighting, and flooring.
As of 2016, more than 70 City School libraries have been renovated with more than $14.2 million in QZAB funds and with more than $2.5 million of donated in-kind volunteer hours. City Schools has also contributed an additional $8.5 million for architectural/mechanical work, construction costs and furniture. When QZAB funds are available, The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project has leveraged these funds and brought in additional partners to maximize additional resources for schools and students. Spaces may also be renovated when other private funding is available.
By leveraging Federal, State, and local dollars the Library Project is able to truly transform the spaces as well as add much needed books and technology resources.