Library systems are established by the Illinois Library System Act, which encourages public education by promoting the sharing of library resources throughout the state through services like delivery, automation, and talking book services.
As of July 01, 2011, the state of Illinois is served by two multitype library systems, Illinois Heartland and Reaching Across Illinois, and one public library system.
IHLS covers an approximate 28,000 square mile service area and reaches out to more than 590 member libraries that represent academic, public, school, and special libraries.
RAILS service area covers approximately 27,000 square miles and provides services to more than 1500 academic, public, school, and special libraries.
The state's only public library system, Chicago Public Library has more than 70 locations and provides services to nearly 2.7 million residents.
Most Recently Added
News / Last Modified: 21 December 2012
Clarification about what types of items can be delivered through ILDS.
News / Last Modified: 07 December 2012
The Illinois State Library's annual certification website is now online.
Document / Last Modified: 02 August 2012
Map of Illinois Library Systems
Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012
In this special issue of Illinois Libraries, you will find articles related to the history of the Illinois Regional Library Systems, including articles on delivery, automation and the early years of the regional systems.