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 FY 2018

Total Dollars Awarded

$724,424 Live and Learn Fund

Number of Grants Awarded Number of People Served



The Stickney-Forest View Public Library District received an Accessibility grant to modify the library’s exterior entrance to address ADA specifications.

The Toluca Public Library District received a Mini-Grant for the installation of power assist entry doors and new guard railings for the entrance ramp to address ADA specifications along with the replacement of the library's HVAC system.

The Mercer Carnegie Public Library District in Aledo received a New Construction/Remodeling grant to construct a new 4,400 square foot library.


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