(15 ILCS 320/7)
(from Ch. 128, par. 107)
Purposes of the State Library.
The Illinois State Library shall:
(a) Maintain a library for officials and employees of the State, consisting
of informational material and resources pertaining to the phases of their work,
and serve as the State's library by extending its resources to citizens of
(b) Maintain and provide research library services for all State agencies.
(c) Administer the Illinois Library System Act.
(d) Promote and administer the law relating to Interstate Library Compacts.
(e) Enter into interagency agreements, pursuant to the Intergovernmental
Cooperation Act, including agreements to promote access to information by
Illinois students and the general public.
(f) Promote and develop a cooperative library network operating
regionally or statewide for providing effective coordination of the
library resources of public, academic, school, and special libraries.
(g) Administer grants of federal library funds pursuant to
federal law and requirements.
(h) Assist libraries in their plans for
library services, including funding the State-funded library systems
for the purpose of local library development and networking.
(i) Assist local library groups in developing programs by which library
services can be established and enhanced in areas without those services.
(j) Be a clearing house, in an advisory capacity, for questions and
problems pertaining to the administration and functioning of libraries in
Illinois and to publish booklets and pamphlets to
implement this service.
(k) Seek the opinion of the Attorney General for legal questions
pertaining to public libraries and their function as governmental agencies.
(l) Contract with any other library or library agency to carry out
the purposes of the State Library. If any such contract requires payments
by user libraries for goods and services, the State Library may distribute
billings from contractors to applicable user libraries and may receive and
distribute payments from user libraries to contractors. There is hereby
created in the State Treasury the Library Trust Fund, into which all moneys
payable to contractors which are received from user libraries under
this paragraph (l) shall be paid. The Treasurer shall pay such
funds to contractors at the direction of the State Librarian.
(m) Compile, preserve and publish public library
(n) Compile the annual report of local public libraries and library
systems submitted to the State Librarian pursuant to law.
(o) Conduct and arrange for library training programs for library
personnel, library directors and others involved in library services.
(p) Prepare an annual report for each fiscal year.
(q) Make available to the public, by means of access by way of the largest
nonproprietary nonprofit cooperative public computer network, certain records
of State agencies.
As used in this subdivision (q), "State agencies"
means all officers, boards, commissions and agencies
created by the Constitution; all officers,
departments, boards, commissions, agencies, institutions, authorities,
universities, and bodies politic and corporate of the State; administrative
units or corporate outgrowths of the State government which are created by
or pursuant to statute, other than units of local government and their
officers, school districts and boards of election commissioners; and all
administrative units and corporate outgrowths of the above and as may be
created by executive order of the Governor; however, "State agencies" does not
include any agency, officer, or other entity of the judicial or legislative
As used in this subdivision (q), "records" means public records, as defined
in the Freedom of Information Act, that are not exempt from inspection and
copying under that Act.
The State Librarian and each appropriate State agency shall specify the
types and categories of records that shall be accessible through the public
computer network and the types and categories of records that shall be
inaccessible. Records currently held by a State agency and documents that
are required to be provided to the Illinois State Library in accordance with
Section 21 shall be provided to the Illinois State Library in an appropriate
electronic format. The cost to each State agency of making
records accessible through the public computer network or of providing records
in an appropriate electronic format shall be considered in making
determinations regarding accessibility.
As soon as possible and no later than 18 months
after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995,
the types and categories of information, specified
by the State Librarian and each appropriate State agency, shall be made
available to the public by means of access by way of
the largest nonproprietary, nonprofit cooperative public computer network. The
information shall be made available in one or more formats and by one or more
means in order to provide the greatest feasible access to the general public in
this State. Any person who accesses the information may access all or any part
of the information. The information may also be made available by any other
means of access that would facilitate public access to the information. The
information shall be made available in the shortest feasible time after it is
Any documentation that describes the electronic digital formats of the
information shall be made available by means of access by way of the same
public computer network.
Personal information concerning a person who accesses the information may be
maintained only for the purpose of providing service to the person.
The electronic public access provided by way of the public computer network
shall be in addition to other electronic or print distribution of the
No action taken under this subdivision (q) shall be deemed to alter or
relinquish any copyright or other proprietary interest or entitlement of the
State of Illinois relating to any of the information made available under this
(r) Coordinate literacy programs for the Secretary of State.
(s) Provide coordination of statewide preservation planning, act as a
focal point for preservation advocacy, assess statewide needs and establish
specific programs to meet those needs, and manage state funds appropriated
for preservation work relating to the preservation of the library and
archival resources of Illinois.
(t) Create and maintain a State Government Report Distribution Center for
the General Assembly. The Center shall receive all reports in all formats
available required by law or resolution to be filed with the General Assembly
and shall furnish copies of such reports on the same day on which the report is
filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the
Senate, as required by the General Assembly Organization Act, without charge
to members of the General Assembly upon request. This paragraph does not
affect the requirements of Section 21 of this Act relating to the deposit of
State publications with the State library.
(Source: P.A. 91-507, eff. 8-13-99; 92-16, eff. 6-28-01; 92-617, eff.