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School District Library Grant Program

Application and Instructions  |  Expenditures Report Form  | Legal Authority  |  Program Impact


The School District Library Grant Program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for the students of public schools in Illinois. The state legislature has authorized up to a $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools. The grant award is based on funds appropriated by the General Assembly and the official enrollment as of the previous September 30th of a school district.

Application Guidelines

Grant applications are due October 15. To qualify, school districts must submit:

  1. An application that meets the requirements in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035.120 and 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035.135.
  2. The Expenditure Report as described in the Expenditure Report Form section.
  3. Paper copies of the application and the expenditure report form will not be accepted. Email completed applications to

Retain an electronic copy of the application for the school district library's files, which includes the email date/time stamp to prove timely submission. The State Library is not responsible for, nor obligated to fund, a grant application that does not meet the requirements.

If you do not know your school district's control number, you may obtain it from the L2 website. Please note that all School District headquarters should use the number 99 for their branch number.

Application and Instructions

Expenditures Report Form

Use the Expenditure Report to describe grant expenditures from fiscal year (FY) 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014), if the school district library received a grant in FY2014. The FY2014 Expenditures Report must be submitted as a separate document with the FY2016 School District Library Grant Program Grant application.

Legal Authority

Program Impact

Grant Recipients

For more information on the School District Library Grant Program, please call 217-524-8836.