Public Library Construction

Building A Better Illinois

Illinois Libraries are using Public Library Construction Grants to build exciting and more functional spaces! These grants provide our libraries with opportunities to: construct or remodel library buildings for better functionality, create spaces that are truly accessible, or replace facilities damaged by natural or man-made disasters. The following stories provide a glimpse of how Illinois libraries use Construction Grants to build a better Illinois.

Coal City Public Library ♦ Gillespie Public Library ♦ Sandwich District Library

The Illinois State Library, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of State, administers two public library construction programs:

The Live and Learn Construction Grant Program is appropriate for libraries interested in: remodling for accesibility, mini-grants, new construction, and/or remodeling of exisiting buildings.

The Public Library Construction Grant Program is appropriate for libraries that are interested in major construction and remodeling.

All information and forms regarding the FY2013 construction grant program can be found on the Illinois State Library

If you have questions regarding public library construction grants, please contact Mark Shaffer,
Illinois State Library Grant Program Specialist, by calling 217-524-4901 or via email:

Most Recently Added

Live & Learn Construction Grants Awarded

 News / Last Modified: 22 March 2013

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded FY2013 Live and Learn Construction Grants totaling $620,800 to 17 public libraries.

IPLAR and ILLINET Survey Update

 News / Last Modified: 17 August 2012

The Office of the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library has selected Counting Opinions as a result of the procurement process to collect and maintain data for the IPLAR and the ILLINET surveys.