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 Representatives from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, the Department of Public Instruction, and the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association are pictured with the ceremonial Common School Fund check. ​

Common Scho​ol Fund Distribution History


The Common School Fund was established by Wisconsin's founders in Article 10 of the State Constitution as a permanent school trust fund. By investing in community projects throughout the state through the State Trust Fund Loan Program, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands generates earnings for the Common School Fund that are distributed annually to public school libraries. These monies are the sole source of state funding for public school libraries. For many school districts this is the only money available to them for library materials including books, newspapers and periodicals, web-based resources, and computer hardware and software.

2020 Libr​ary Aid - 38.2 Million (plus an additional 5.3 Million for Covid-19​)​

The Interactive Distribution Map will appear shortly.  Click on the desired school district to see the annual disbursements by BCPL (​2000 - 2020).  Click on the >> in the upper left for the legend and map ​information​​. 

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