Over $6M Awarded to Libraries Focused on Pandemic Recovery

Over $6M Awarded to Libraries Focused on Pandemic Recovery

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced Thursday that he has awarded nearly $6 million to libraries focused on responding directly to the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying services, transforming spaces and developing resources for their local recovering workforce.

“During the ongoing pandemic, libraries have had to retool their services to match the needs of the community and I am honored to be able to provide funding to allow these libraries to expand access to their patrons,” said White. “I applaud the library community in Illinois for their hard work as they continue to provide essential services during this challenging time.”

Over $5.7 million funded 211 academic, school, special and public libraries, all of which received grants ranging from $5,000 to over $1 million. A combination of funding sources provided through the federal American Rescue Plan Act and Library Services and Technology Act, both from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and state technology funds were used to maximize the statewide impact.

Several southern Illinois communities were awarded funding from Secretary White. Click here to see which.

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