Illinois Veterans' Home Libraries Illinois State Library

Purpose and Outcomes

Veterans' Home libraries offer library services for residents living in the Illinois Veterans' Homes in Anna, Chicago, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy, which provide quality long-term care for veterans and their spouses. Funds obtained through the sale of special license plates support the efforts of the Illinois Veterans’ Homes libraries to provide reading and reference materials, access to technology and other library services for the residents living in the homes.


Range of Award

Eligible Applicants

Targeted Program Participants

Application and Reporting Forms

The Illinois Veterans’ Home Library grant application is offered in advance of the provision of the state budget. The Illinois State Library makes these grant applications available so that award notification may be released when legislative and gubernatorial approval of an appropriation is made. Obligations to fund this grant program will cease immediately without penalty or further payment being required if the Illinois General Assembly or the federal funding source fails to appropriate or otherwise make available sufficient funds.

Legal Authority

Program Impact

One grant for $50,000 is awarded annually to support the Illinois Veterans’ Homes


For the majority of residents, the Veterans’ Home represents their final home. Socialization is a vital component of life in the homes. Wednesday morning Ladies Tea and Friday morning "What Do You Think?" sessions offer lively discussions on a variety of topics. These activities are an integral part of intellectual stimulation for the residents of the Veterans’ Home.

Books, magazines and computer access are basic library services valued by the residents. One resident enjoys foreign films and frequently visits the library to request material though the interlibrary loan services. Another enjoys mystery novels and has books delivered to his room twice a month in the summers and weekly during the winter months. Others use the library computer kiosk to send and receive E-mails from family and friends.

Because not everyone is able to make it to the library, the library staff and volunteers actively seek out residents to inquire into their interests and discover how they can support these interests through library services. Many of the residents are learning from library staff how to use their iPads to communicate with family through E-mail or video calls. These veterans can now use the WI-FI services to connect with their bank, watch downloadable content from Netflix and use e-Bay from their rooms.


For more information about the Illinois Veterans' Home Libraries grant program, please call 800-665-5576 ext. 2.