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State Librarian

Ms. Anne Craig
Illinois State Library
300 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1703
Phone: 217/782-2994
Fax: 217/785-4326

State library website:

photo of Illinois State Librarian“Partnerships will keep us within budget without sacrificing services. Examples of resource sharing include statewide catalog maintenance and database offerings, and consolidating ‘Talking Books’ under the state library. Online conferences and staff training will help meet the challenge posed by rapid changes in the digital world.”

--Anne Craig, Director, Illinois State Library


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$6,520,136 $5,766,746 $5,644,245 $5,333,615 $5,536,935

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Project Examples

Project Next Generation
The goal of Project Next Generation (PNG) at the Kankakee Public Library was to provide mentoring, technology training and academic enrichment to students ages 10-17. Mentors incorporated academic enrichment in the areas of reading, writing, math and Spanish language learning using technology as a hook to keep the students engaged. The PNG program was intended to help students appreciate computers and other instruments of technology beyond their recreational value, as dynamic tools that can lead to academic enrichment and personal development. This project offered tremendous value to the community by providing structured, afterschool activities for students that reside in an economically depressed area and attend schools rated as falling behind the state and national norms. As a result of their participation, students improved their academic skills and came to appreciate learning for learning’s sake.
IMLS Funds: $12,500

Access to Library Materials
The C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library District improved access to materials for patrons of all ages through the purchase of quality books and timely and accurate resources. Grant funds also allowed the library to enhance its collection with new formats, including databases, downloadable audio books and e-books. The library promoted the availability of these new materials through its newsletter, flyers, and press releases, and held workshops on the e-books and downloadable audio books. As a result, the library circulated 42,000 more items than the year prior, and the base of active library cardholders increased by 1,000 over the previous year.
IMLS Funds: $38,885

Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Illinois's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 339KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning

General Services and Initiatives

  • Support initiatives that build a culture of reading, including book discussion groups, for senior citizens, college students, home-schooled students, and adult learners.


  • Invest in projects that encourage innovation and test new ideas on how best to use our libraries’ resources to meet the needs of new immigrants and individuals with low literacy levels.
  • Support learning for children, teens, and adults through library initiatives that address reading skills.

Online Learning

  • Support learning for children, teens, and adults through library initiatives that address digital literacy skills.

Information Access

General Services and Initiatives

  • Support efforts to provide quality content and information, whether tangible or virtual, through our libraries.

Access to E-Resources

  • Support access to repositories that meet the needs of library users such as the Illinois Digital Archives.

Interlibrary Loans

  • Support efforts to provide reliable and responsive access to information through sharing library resources, including our cataloging, interlibrary loan system, and the delivery of materials between libraries.

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Provide access to resources that meet the unique information needs of job seekers.

Business Resources

  • Provide access to resources that meet the unique information needs of local businesses.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Seek best practices and innovations in library services and programs and share them with all libraries in the state.
  • Use resources to develop knowledgeable library staff and leadership.

Civic Engagement


  • Offer opportunities to individuals to share their stories, histories and opinions, and make them available to their communities.
  • Plan to support activities that bring people of diverse cultures together as families.

Civic Collaboration

  • Support partnerships that create opportunities to collaborate on issues for the public good, such as disaster planning and preparedness.
  • Support the shared videoconferencing network to encourage collaboration among libraries and potential partners in their communities.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Support services, including assistive technology, that meet the special needs of people who have difficulty using their libraries.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Illinois's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 739KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Illiniois's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 373KB).