Published 1/14/2021 5:38 PM CT

ILA Legislative Meet-Up Days - Advocacy for Illinois Libraries with The Illinois Library AssociationOnce again, Illinois Library Association has arranged its spring 2021 series of legislative events as opportunities for library staff and advocates to meet with your state and federal legislators and speak with them about issues affecting you and your library. This year, all legislative meet-ups will be held in a virtual format. Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate.

Three of these meet-ups are dedicated to elected officials and library representatives from the central and southern Illinois areas: the Central Illinois Library Legislative Zoom Meet-up, Metro East Library Legislative Zoom Meet-up, and the Southern Illinois Library Legislative Zoom Meet-up.

I have a dream - Monday, January 18, 2021 - All IHLS Offices are closed on Monday, January 18, 2021.


Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

― Martin Luther King Jr.



Published 1/12/2021 12:00 PM CT

Members Matter: Team Up to Keep Your Communities Active & EngagedJoin your IHLS friends and colleagues from around central and southern Illinois to discover how to harness the power of community partnerships to provide meaningful programming. Noah Lenstra will present Team Up to Keep Your Communities Active and Engaged during the first hour. The second hour will feature updates from the Illinois State Library, SHARE, IHLS Delivery, Marketing, and Membership staff.

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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.

Published 1/8/2021 10:07 PM CT

Join Our BoardDo you love your library community and want to help advocate for its needs? Representing your library type and geographical region on the IHLS board is a great way to do that. Here's what's involved.

Published 1/8/2021 6:00 AM CT

Friday Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois. This #LibraryLinkRoundup contains the best of 2020 plus lots of new and updated content from Illinois Heartland Library System (including some recordings from Member Day)

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In 2020 the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) transcribed 261 oral history interviews for the Marshall Public Library.


Published 12/21/2020 4:25 PM CT

2017 Ford Transit T-150Illinois Heartland Library System has five surplus delivery vans that will be granted to member libraries to assist in community outreach efforts. Applying libraries must be public, school, academic, or special library members of Illinois Heartland Library System. In the application, libraries must explain how they plan to use a surplus delivery van(s) for the creation or expansion of mobile services and demonstrate that they can sustain the service. Projects that include service to underserved areas, enhancement of WiFi access for the community, and cooperative agreements with community partners are preferred. The online application opens Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, and will close at the end of the day on Monday, Feb.1, 2021. 

IHLS Members Matter: An Update from the Illinois State Library December 11, 2020.

At the Dec. 11 IHLS Members Matter meeting, Greg McCormick, Director of the Illinois State Library (ISL) updated IHLS member libraries on:

  • 2021 Illinois Public Library Equalization and Per Capita Grant Application,
  • Cards for Kids Legislation
  • Changes to the Administrative Rules Pertaining to Non-Residents Services

Published 12/11/2020 4:16 PM CT

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you to those member libraries who were able to respond to the Illinois Heartland Library System Delivery Satisfaction Survey. We appreciate all the positive feedback we received and are addressing any concerns that may have arisen.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

LOOKING FOR E-BOOKS On Dec. 1 we started expanding our collections in the Cloud Library. 1,009 new juvenile titles, 725 new young adult titlesOn December 1, we started expanding our young adult and juvenile collections in the cloudLibrary!

We purchased 1,009 juvenile titles ($25,360) and 725 young adult titles ($25,386).


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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