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PA 103-0100 & State Grants for Public & School Libraries

The Illinois "Ban on Book Bans" Requires Libraries to Take Action by Jan. 1, 2024

If you are a public library or a public school library, you must be in compliance with Illinois PA 103-0100 (formerly HB 2789) to receive any funding from the State of Illinois. This new law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2024. This means that your application for the Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant (due Jan. 30, 2024) must provide evidence that you comply with the law. 

Make Sure You're in Compliance

PA 103-0100 Explained for Public Libraries

Are you in compliance with PA 103-0100? Find out with this helpful video by IHLS Continuing Education Coordinator Kate Kite!


PA 103-0100 Explained for School Libraries

Find out how to prepare your school library for PA 103-0100 with this helpful video by IHLS Schools Liaison Leah Gregory!

 

Prove It

Providing Evidence

When applying for any State grant—including the Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grantyou must provide one of the following:

Adoption of the ALA Library Bill of Rights

Written certification that you have adopted the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, which indicates that materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

Your Own Approved & Active Policy

A copy of your own written policy or procedure declaring the inherent authority of your library to provide an adequate collection of books or materials sufficient in size and varied in kind and subject matter to satisfy the library needs of students or patrons served and prohibiting the practice of banning specific books or resources. You must also include certification that the policy or procedure has been approved and is in force at your library.

The following text is acceptable for your library to use for its policy/procedure:

[Your library] holds the inherent authority to provide an adequate collection of books or materials sufficient in size and varied in kind and subject matter to satisfy the library needs of [students or patrons] served and prohibits the practice of banning specific books or resources.

 

Got Questions?

If you have questions about the law or your grant application, we encourage you to contact us. Our Membership Team is happy to help!

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