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Technology Grants

Purpose and Outcomes

Technology Grants offer statewide and regional solutions for economic efficiency and the standardization of services across all communities. These grants include projects such as points of presence on the statewide videoconferencing network, cataloging support for the virtual library catalogs and the statewide courier service that transports library materials between libraries.

The Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois State Library funds Technology Grants that result in the following outcomes:

Range of Awards

Eligible Applicants

  1. Library systems
  2. Selected educational agencies
  3. Local Library System Automation Program (LLSAP) Consortia
  4. Libraries

Legal Authority

Projects Awarded in FY2014

Projects funded through Technology Grants in Fiscal Year 2014 include:

Illinois State Library Delivery Service
University of Illinois on behalf of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois

The Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS) is a courier service that transports library materials between Illinois library systems and participating Illinois academic and research libraries to support interlibrary resource sharing in the state of Illinois. These materials fulfill library patrons’ requests for materials that are not available at their “home” library; however are available from other Illinois libraries with which the patron’s library has established cooperative agreements. Citizen access to information is increased as a direct result of this service.

E Read Illinois
Reaching Across Illinois Library System

This two-year grant project is increasing access to e-books for Illinois residents and growing e-book expertise among library staff, library system staff, and Illinois residents. It includes e-book collections and software platforms for libraries statewide, research into a self-hosted model, training, a list of free e-book resources, a website, communication to libraries, and assistance to libraries in promoting the project to their patrons. It is intended to expand, not replace, existing e-book services.

Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) Pilot for Print Books
Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library implemented a two-year, innovative pilot project that puts the selection of library books directly in the hand of patrons. Hand-tailored lists for adult fiction, non-fiction, and youth titles were created, and the bibliographic records for these books were added to the library's online catalog. When a patron requests one of these books from the online catalog, the library places an order to purchase that item. As a result of this, patrons are quickly getting the books they most need and Chicago Public Library will own approximately 13,000 new reading and informational materials.


For more information about Technology Grants, please call 217-782-7749 or email