IHLS Delivery has been suspended through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
*end date subject to change with changing state and federal recommendations/mandates

Please see the COVID-19 Updates & Resources page for the most recent details.

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Girls Who Code has just released FREE weekly Girls Who Code at Home unplugged and online activities for 3rd-12th grade students. Learn coding from the comfort of your home!

Continuing to Help: Library Services During a Pandemic by Anna Yackle - image of a person taking a book from a bookshelf

By Anna Yackle, IHLS Membership Coordinator​
Posted 3/26/20 12:31 PM CT

Libraries are trusted institutions and sources of entertainment, learning, and help. Staff members pride themselves in knowing and serving their community. During this time of being ordered to “shelter in place,” how do libraries and staff continue to offer services and assistance to their users?

One way is to share resources that can entertain and inform your community via your website or Facebook account. While not everyone has a home computer, laptop, or internet, many do have phones that can access your sites.

Link to lists of resources for adults and children created by Illinois Heartland Library System staff (such as this list), the list of educational resources created by the youth services librarian from the Mahomet Public Library, and other library institutions. . . .


Voting is underway for the 5 open seats on the IHLS Board of Directors.
Seats to be filled:

1 Academic Library Representative (3-year term)
1 Special Library Representative (3-year term)
1 School Library Representative (3-year term)
2 Public Library Trustee Representatives (3-year term each)

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The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) recently cataloged 10 Asian language books for the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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IHLS has made a group purchase of the updated 2020 ILA Illinois Library Laws & Rules. This essential compilation includes all current laws and rules affecting library service in Illinois.

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Directors University Postponed

Applications will be accepted until March 31.


This week-long University is intended for first-time directors and directors new to Illinois from public libraries of all shapes and sizes.

Fund Libraries

For a fourth consecutive year, the White House budget proposal for FY21 eliminates direct federal funding for libraries.

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IHLS has made a group purchase of 250 copies of Serving Our Public 4.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries.

Every individual Illinois library staff member and trustee should have an L2 profile.


In 2020 there will be a total restructure and refresh of L2 that will result in a more robust and flexible platform that better suits the ongoing needs of all those who use L2.


Update L2 now so you and your library are ready for the new version.

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