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Libraries get $1.3 million for e-books, other materials

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By Associated Press

Three library systems in Illinois have received government grants to develop their collections with a focus on e-books and other innovative ideas.

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced the grants Tuesday in Chicago at the Illinois Library Association Conference.

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The new funding totals nearly $1.3 million. One grant goes to the Illinois Heartland Library System and one to the Reaching Across Illinois Library System to build an e-book service for their member libraries.

Another grant goes to the Chicago Public Library to develop a patron-driven acquisitions program, which will allow library users to request newer hard-copy books and other materials the library doesn't own.

The grant funds were appropriated by the Illinois Legislature to support library services in the state.

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