The Oak Park Public Library was among 211 academic, school, special and public libraries that recently received nearly $6 million in grants from Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.

The grants were designed to help state libraries respond “directly to the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying services, transforming spaces and developing resources for their local recovering workforce.”

The Oak Park library got $22,000 in grant funds.

“During the ongoing pandemic, libraries have had to retool their services to match the needs of the community and I am honored to be able to provide funding to allow these libraries to expand access to their patrons,” White explained in a statement.

“I applaud the library community in Illinois for their hard work as they continue to provide essential services during this challenging time,” he said.

The funding, which totaled $5,740,350, came from a combination of funding sources, including the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which were allocated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In addition, state technology funds were also used “to maximize the statewide impact,” White said.


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