IL Libraries

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Illinois libraries are  known for their level of excellence in service! Illinois libraries work hard to provide creative and innovative services and millions of patrons benefit from this excellence each year.

In 1965, the General Assembly created multitype library systems through the Illinois Library System Act. Today, two multitype library systems and one public library system serve the state of Illinois.

The multitype library systems, Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS), are membership-based, regional organizations that consist of all library types, including: Academic, Public, School, and Special libraries.

Most Recently Added

IPLAR Now Available Online

 News / Last Modified: 12 September 2012

The FY2011-FY2012 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) is now available online.

Library Systems Map

 Document / Last Modified: 02 August 2012

Map of Illinois Library Systems

Illinois Statewide Cataloging Standards

 Document / Last Modified: 26 July 2012

Provides Illinois libraries with a concise, yet inclusive cataloging reference tool, designed to enforce uniform control over bibliographic records that comprise the regional library systems LLSAPs.