Live and Learn Construction Grant Program Illinois State Library


The Live and Learn Construction Grant Program, funded by an annual state legislative appropriation, assists public libraries with construction costs in their facilities. Grants are awarded based on recommendations from a statewide committee following a review process. Local money is matched by state grants, except for Mini-Grants.

Application Forms and Supplementary Information

Reporting Forms


Remodeling for Accessibility — Grant award range: 2,500-$50,000

Mini-Grants — Grant award range: $2,500-$35,000

New Construction/Remodeling — Grant award range: $25,000-$125,000

Eligibility Requirements

Supporting Documentation

The following supporting documentation is required, when applicable, and must be submitted as Portable Document Format (PDF) attachments or on a CD/DVD-ROM and may be submitted separately from the application.

The Illinois State Library does not make recommendations for contractors, engineers, architects or building consultants. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Informational Webinars

Legal Authority

Program Impact in FY2016

Total Dollars Awarded

$841,329 Live and Learn Fund

Number of Grants Awarded Number of People Served



The Oregon Public Library District received an Accessibility grant to construct a small building addition to their 108 year-old Carnegie library for a new ground level entrance and elevator along with two ADA compliant restrooms. To continue to improve the accessibility of the library and meet ADA standards, the library also remodeled the stairwell, widened interior doorways, installed an accessible drinking fountain,and rearranged bookshelves to allow for appropriate clearance.

The Rosiclare Memorial Public Library received a Mini-Grant for maintenance on their building that included exterior tuckpointing, wall repairs due to water damage, painting, and new gutter installation. The library was also able to purchase a new book drop and circulation desk.

After spending a number of years in different locations and most recently in an old train depot, the Williamsville Public Library received a New Construction grant to assist in the building of a new 7,900 square-foot library.


For more information about public library construction grants, please call 217-524-4901 or email