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Feedback Requested: Revision to the IHLS Public Comment Policy

At the May 2023 meeting of the IHLS Board of Directors, a first reading of a revision to the board's public comment policy was presented. It will be available for member comments through June 16th.

Welcome to the New IHLS Website!

IHLS is launching a new website in fall 2022, with easier site navigation, system members-only articles and offers, and new features. Communications Administrator Carol Hogan-Downey shares some of these features with us during the Nov. 17 lunchtime mini-s

Book Challenges Resource Guide

In response to the recent increase of challenges on library materials, IHLS has developed a resource guide. Here, you’ll find information focused on preparing for challenges and how to respond when a challenge is made.


We offer a number of services for member libraries and library staff, from interlibrary loan delivery to cataloging!

Who are we?


Member Libraries in Central & Southern Illinois


Illinois Heartland Library System is a state agency that helps 520+ member libraries deliver exceptional service to their communities.

As one of two multi-type systems in Illinois, we are a support partner for public, school, academic, and special libraries and the library staff and trustees that work for them.

IHLS services over 28,000 square miles and the libraries of 2.16 million Illinois residents!


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Delivering Possibilities



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    IHLS Directors Chat

    System Member Networking

    Join library directors and branch leaders across central and southern Illinois for this text-based chat.


    Mastering the Business of Work Etiquette — a Library HR Webinar by Uprise Health

    Continuing Education

    During this lively session, we will identify common pitfalls and show you how to avoid them.


    SHARE Catalogers Training Session

    Continuing Education, LLSAP/Consortium

    SHARE-library catalogers discuss problems, share ideas, and learn about changes to cataloging practices.


    Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (Ongoing / On-Demand)

    Continuing Education

    Sexual harassment training that meets Illinois requirements, available for all IHLS-member libraries


    Cataloging Basics

    Cataloging Maintenance Center, Continuing Education

    A six-week crash course in basic cataloging.

    Delivering Possibilities Today

    IHLS members are part of a robust interlibrary loan system that spans the entire state—something unique to Illinois! Any Illinois resident with a library card from a system-member library can freely request and obtain materials from any other system-member library in Illinois.

    And, because all library patrons deserve to receive their holds quickly, our reliable five-day delivery service is offered to all member libraries.

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    Library Jobs

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    Recently added jobs

    Looking for a library job? Current IHLS job openings are listed here. For these and positions from other area library organizations, view our Job Board.

    • Delivery & Facilities Director

      Illinois Heartland Library System

    • Cataloger

      Illinois Heartland Library System (Champaign Hub)

    • Full-Time Courier

      Illinois Heartland Library System