The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, recently announced that the West Chicago Public Library District has been awarded an Illinois Per Capita Grant in the amount of $30,751.40. West Chicago is one of 611 libraries throughout the state to receive a share of state grant funds based on the population of the service area. The 2013 grant represents a 5% increase over 2012, from $1.02/resident to $1.07/resident.
"I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois' public libraries provide to our communities," White said. "Our libraries are the best and most reliable information resource available to citizens, and I am pleased to be able to provide these grants each year."
"These grant monies will be used to meet the ongoing technology needs of the District, including software and hardware purchases, maintenance, service and connectivity," said Administrative Librarian Melody E. Coleman. "For the nearly 30,000 residents of the District, these state funds help ensure that we have additional resources to meet patrons' demands for equipment, electronic access, technology and materials," added Coleman. "We enthusiastically receive these funds from the Secretary of State that allow us to bring greater enhanced service possibilities to our patrons."
Per Capita Grant funding is authorized under Illinois library law and helps ensure that public libraries have some of the resources they need for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid Grants help certain public libraries that have a low library tax base, and ensure a minimum level of funding for library services. The money will likely come later this year.