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Live and Learn Construction Grant Program

Program Overview  |  Application  |  Contract Agreement  |  Administrative Rules  |  ADA Self-Examination

Purpose and Outcomes

Grant projects maintain and improve the infrastructure of Illinois public libraries.

The Secretary of State/Illinois State Library funds public library construction grants resulting in the following outcomes:

FY2014 Appropriation

$620,800 Live and Learn Fund

Range of Award

As set by Administrative Rules (23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035.435):

Eligible Applicants

Public libraries recognized by the State Library as being full members in an Illinois regional library system.

Legal Authority

Program Impact in FY2013

Total Dollars Awarded

$620,800 Live and Learn Fund

Number of Grants Awarded

Number of People Served



The Lawrence Public Library in Lawrenceville, received a grant award in the remodeling for accessibility category to install an elevator to allow disabled patrons access to the lower level of the library which includes the community room where library programming and special events are held.

Graves-Hume Public Library in Mendota, received a Mini-grant that allowed the library to replace 8,700 square feet of old carpeting that had become hazardous to patrons, and repair and paint the interior walls of the library.

Carbondale Public Library received a grant award in the remodeling category to replace two deteriorating entry canopies, a leaking skylight, and carpeting in high traffic areas.

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