Published 6/3/2021 11:50 AM CT

Delivery Update: Due to the recent delivery interruptions including the Memorial Day holiday, the IHLS Delivery Department is currently backed up. Our sorters are working furiously to get your library's items to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience as we work through our backload.

Published 6/11/2021 10:00 AM CT

Request for CommentsIllinois Heartland Library System Personnel Committee and the Board of Directors are actively involved in updating the IHLS Personnel Code. One of these updates include changes to the Holiday and Personal Leave policies. The various departments and staff at IHLS serves as one company and the goal of the updates to these policies is to set an equal amount of time off between these various departments within the organization. We are now seeking public comment on these policies from the members of IHLS.


Published 6/10/2021 10:13 AM CT

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) was approached by Judson University, a private evangelical Christian liberal arts university in Elgin, Illinois, to catalog five Korean books donated to them by visiting professor, Rev. Dr. Dae Sik Yang.

Published 6/08/2021 3:35 PM CT

Request for CommentsIllinois Heartland Library System is seeking your valued feedback on a recently proposed Whistleblower Policy. This policy has been vetted by legal counsel and puts into writing protections for staff who bring forward concerns of IHLS-related activity believed to be unlawful or fraudulent. This policy was reviewed by the Board of Directors in a first reading and is now being sent out for public comment. We encourage members of Illinois Heartland Library System to review this proposed policy and share their feedback prior to the next IHLS Personnel Committee meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, 2021.


Published 6/08/2021 1:14 PM CT

Request for CommentsAt the Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors meeting on April 27, 2021, several policies were proposed for Illinois Heartland Library System's updated Personnel Code. These policies are Fraternization in the Workplace and Employment of Relatives/Family Members. They were reviewed by the Board of Directors in a first reading and have been vetted by legal counsel. They are now being sent out for public comment. Members of Illinois Heartland Library System are encouraged to review the proposed policies and share their comments prior to the next IHLS Personnel Committee meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, 2021.


Published 6/4/2021 6:00 AM CT

Friday Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois. In this Library Link Roundup, join us for an "Edible Library" experience, LEGO book covers, new IHLS web content, and EDI/IDEA topics from social media and graphic novels to personal pronouns.

Published 8/11/2011 12:22 PM CT, Updated 6/1/2021 12:44 PM CT

Library Cards IconPublic Libraries: Submit Your Non-Resident Card Program and Fee Status for FY2022


Each year, the Illinois State Library asks trustees of public libraries to determine whether or not their libraries will sell non-resident cards and, if so, what fees will be charged. For FY2022, all IHLS-member public libraries should submit their library's Non-Resident Program participation status and associated fees by the end of each preceding fiscal year. Here's how to submit your library's Non-Resident Program participation status and fee information survey.

Published 2/25/2016 2:32 PM CT, Updated 5/26/2021 6:09 PM CT

Delivery On the Go (DOG) is where a library on a downstream route has requested an item from an upstream library. If tagged for DOG delivery, that item may be able to be delivered later that very same day. DOG deliveries are only available if that library is on the same route as your library and delivery is scheduled to arrive at the receiving library later that day.

Published 5/26/2021 12:00 PM CT, Updated 6/1/2021 6:03 PM CT

white cargo van like those used by IHLSOpens: Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at noon
Closes: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at noon

The minimum bid has been set at 75% of the Kelley Blue Book value. All vehicles are being sold as-is, and no warranty is given or implied. Vehicles purchased during this special auction are for library, library system, and state library use only (not for personal use).

Vehicle Listings Available Starting Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Published 4/30/2021 11:07 AM CT, updated 5/10/2021  1:55 PM CT

IHLS SchoolsThe end of the school year is quickly approaching, and Illinois Heartland Library System's delivery service to schools for this 2020-21 school year will end Friday, May 14, 2021. Please remember to return any extra bags and tubs to your IHLS hub. If your students return items after the final pick-up, you can return them to any local public library. If your school will be conducting summer sessions and you would like library delivery, please...

Published 5/7/2021 3:55 PM CT

Friday Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois. In this Library Link Roundup, check out the more circulated comics, reads for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the pros and cons of libraries on TikTok, life and funding during the pandemic, and more.

Published 5/3/2021 1:33 PM CT

 Sharing Heartland's Available Resources EquallyThe SHARE Annual Agreements for FY2022, including renewal for the SHARE cloudLibrary, have been sent electronically. If you did not receive your SHARE Annual Agreement or you need a paper copy mailed, please contact Cassandra Thompson

Looking to add e-resources to your SHARE membership?

Participation in the SHARE cloudLibrary gives your community members access to over 73,000 ebooks and e-audiobooks, downloadable instantly through the SHARE catalog and the bibliotheca cloudLibrary app. To learn more, visit the SHARE E-Resources page or contact Lesley Zavediuk.

Published 4/20/2021 10:50 CT

eRead Illinois featuring Axis260If you're an eRead Illinois participant, it's time for renewal! Check your mailbox for renewal instructions from RAILS. Or, go to the eRead Illinois website, log in with your L2 account information, and fill out the form to complete your renewal. For more information about the program, go to

Join eRead Illinois for the July 1 year and receive up to two months FREE

Whether eRead Illinois is your library’s only source of e-books or an additional source, participation provides your library’s community with access to a shared collection of over 54,000 e-books and e-audiobooks through Axis 360.

Library Human Resources Webinar Series, brought to you by IHLS Illinois Heartland Library System and presented by HR Source

April 22  •  May 20  •  June 17, 2021

IHLS has partnered with the human resource experts at HR Source to bring IHLS members a series of webinars on important HR topics. Join us for one or all.

published 3/25/2021 3:31 PM CT

The fiscal year 2020-21 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) survey is now open. Each public library is required to submit the IPLAR 60 days after the library’s fiscal year end.

Published 3/19/2021  6:13 PM CT

Movie popcornSwank Movie Licensing provides public libraries and certain other institutions with the licensing needed to legally show films from the major Hollywood studios in their buildings to engage and entertain patrons. For 2021, there is also an exception to the license to use some films outdoors on library property!

By signing up for Swank Movie Licensing through this partnership with IHLS, your library will receive a discounted rate, giving you the best value in movie licensing and the ability to expand film programming for patrons.

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IHLS has received another 100 copies of ILA's Serving Our Public 4.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries books. These books are now available for IHLS Members to purchase at a discounted price.

Updated 1/8/2021 12:00 PM CT

IL Library Laws & Rules book coverCopies of the 2020 ILA Illinois Library Laws & Rules are still available to purchase. This essential compilation includes all current laws and rules affecting library service in Illinois.

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