EL PASO, Ill. -- A local library will soon become larger and more accessible thanks to a big state grant.
On Friday, Secretary of State Jesse White presented the El-Paso Public Library with a $1.1 million grant.
The grant is part of a new state program designed to help assist public libraries with construction projects. Library officials will use the grant, along with more $750,000 of money they have raised to add more than 7,000 square feet to the library and make it more handicap accessible.
White said even with the increased use of e-books and the internet, libraries remain an important resource in all communities.
"They come to the libraries to read and they also come to do term papers to do research and of course it’s also the safety net for a lot of the young people,” White said.
Library officials expect the expansion to be completed by early next year.