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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants (Illinois)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Illinois State Library


    Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant projects engage Illinois residents through library technology, programs and services for lifelong learning, and services to persons having difficulty using libraries.

    Use of the federal funds is outlined in Illinois' Long Range Plan for the Use of LSTA for a sustainable impact on library services for residents of Illinois:

    • Extend library services for all Illinois residents by providing access to information and ideas. This position is supported by providing diverse resources, whether virtual or tangible, embracing technology and sharing resources.
    • Provide experiences supporting lifelong learning and information fluency to address the diverse needs of Illinois residents.
    • Further a literate Illinois by creating a reading culture that encourages reading fluency for recreation and/or education.

    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects can be viewed on the program website.

    Additional Information

    Two financial requirements for receiving the federal LSTA funds are maintenance of effort and match. Under exceptional and uncontrollable circumstances, a state may apply for a waiver of the maintenance of effort.


    Program Staff

    Program Staff
    300 S. Second St.
    Springfield, IL 62701
    (217) 524-8836

  • Eligibility Details

    Specific offerings may limit eligibility:
    • Illinois libraries of all types recognized by the State Library as being full members in an Illinois regional library system;
    • Illinois regional library systems as defined by Illinois Compiled Statutes; and
    • Illinois library professional organizations, (e.g.: Illinois Library Association) and consortia recognized by the State Library

    Deadline Details

    Contact the Illinois State Library at (217) 524-8836 for information on how and when to apply.

    Award Details

    The LSTA allotment for 2017 is $5,408,824. Awards will range from $1,000 to $1,500,000.

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