IMPORTANT Public Library Survey

The Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld the constitutionality of legislation that enables the State Library to renew the process of implementing the $50 million Public Library Construction Act Grant Program funded through the Build Illinois Bond Fund.

A provision in the law requires the Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library to file a comprehensive assessment of the capital needs of all public libraries with the General Assembly every two years. The first such report was filed with the General Assembly in December 2009. To continue fulfilling our obligation under this law, the State Library must submit a second report prior to January 1, 2012.

In order to compile the assessment report, ALL Illinois public libraries are asked to complete and submit a one-page online Capital Needs Assessment Survey by Friday, September 30, 2011 ― even if no capital improvements are needed. It is important that ALLpublic libraries respond to this survey so we can convey the need for capital improvements in our public libraries to the General Assembly and the public. Access the survey here and submit the survey via e-mail. 

The proposed Administrative Rules that govern the program have been submitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules for approval. The rules state that, in cases where libraries applying for a grant award are tied in their priority ranking, additional points may be awarded to those libraries that have completed and submitted the Capitol Needs Assessment.

This exciting new library construction program is in addition to, and separate from, the Secretary of State’s annual Live and Learn Library Construction Grant Program.

If you have any questions or difficulty accessing, completing and/or submitting the survey, please contact Jason O’Dell at 312-814-4474; Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901; or H. Neil Kelley at 217-782-1891.