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 2021

Total Dollars Awarded

$637,500 Live and Learn Fund

Number of Grants Awarded Number of People Served



Acorn Public Library District in Oak Forest received an Accessibility grant for the remodeling of the library restrooms to address Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

West Frankfort Public Library received a Mini-Grant to replace the library’s roof.

Sugar Grove Public Library District received a New Construction/Remodeling grant for major renovations and remodeling of the library.


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