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Live and Learn Construction Grant Program

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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 and 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

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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 Compact Disc (CD) 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 FY2014

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.


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

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