Literacy Illinois State Library

Literacy is a currency in today's society. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey an estimated 2.2 million Illinois adults or 18% of our population have limited amounts of that currency because of their poor skills in reading, writing, math or English proficiency.

The Illinois State Library and Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White are committed to providing adult literacy program services that will enable Illinois citizens to fully participate in their family, work and community roles. To this end, the State Library's Literacy Office administers the Adult Literacy grant programs that provide basic adult literacy instruction to enhance reading, writing, math or English proficiency for the targeted program participants.

For more information about the State Library's Adult Literacy programs, call the Literacy Office at 217−785−6921 or email You may also wish to consult the Guide to the Secretary of State Literacy Effort, or the many other resources provided on this page.

Adult Literacy Grant Programs

Literacy Services Offered by the State Library

Literacy Achievement and Service Awards

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