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 electronically as Portable Document Format (PDF) attachments or by U.S. Mail on a USB flash drive 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 FY 2020

Total Dollars Awarded

$620,800 Live and Learn Fund

Number of Grants Awarded Number of People Served



The Argenta-Oreana Library District received an Accessibility grant to remodel the building entrance way to address ADA specifications and the installation of power assist entry doors.

The Hometown Public Library received a Mini-Grant for the purchase of an ADA-compliant circulation desk and exterior book drop.

The Midlothian Public Library received a New Construction/Remodeling grant for a major renovation of the library’s exterior.


For more information about public library construction grants, you may call 800-665-5576, Option 2 or email