Published 6/30/2021 11:30 AM CT,  Updated 6/30/2021  2:47 PM CT

Celebrate 10 Years with Illinois Heartland Library SystemJoin us in celebration this July with weekly Facebook giveaways, new events, and special announcements all month long!

IHLS Continuing Education Flyer (click to open)Looking for information on Continuing Education and Consulting at through IHLS? Learn more about how IHLS can help you here, including our new printable Continuing Education Calendar.

Published 7/26/2021, Updated 7/30/2021 4:10 PM CT

Office Furniture Giveaway for library members of Illinois Heartland Library System - August 13, 2021 - IHLS Edwardsville Parking Lot, 12 a.m.-2 p.m., First-come, first-serve***Photographs Added***

Need a file cabinet, chair, or another piece of office furniture for your library? Illinois Heartland Library System might have you covered. We have a surplus of office furniture at the IHLS Edwardsville location, and we're offering it to IHLS-member libraries on a first-come, first-served basis--for free.

Visit the front parking lot of our Edwardsville office location from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, to browse desks, cubicle walls, chairs, files cabinets, and other office needs. All items are available first-come, first-serve during designated hours only. Libraries must have a vehicle to take away items and will need to load the items themselves. No early grabs.

Published 7/14/2021 9:20 PM CT

Third Thursdays CE starts August 2021Starting August 2021, join Illinois Heartland Library System every third Thursday at 10 a.m. to discuss or learn about an exciting new topic. Sometimes we'll host a full continuing education webinar featuring IHLS staff or guests, and sometimes we'll incorporate a segment into our Members Matter membership events.



IHLS Virtual Member Day 2021

November 18, 2021


look for details late summer 2021


Published 7/14/2021  12:05 PM CT

Library Directory & Learning CalendarIt’s what so many of you have been waiting for! A Learning Log and Annual Library Certification History have been added to Library Learning (L2) and are now live.

Published 7/9/2021  3:40 PM CT

Friday Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois. In this Library Link Roundup we look at vaccination status, what libraries are up to this summer, EDIA, and the 10th anniversary of IHLS. 

young school children looking at the cameraPublished 7/6/2021  5:17 PM CT

A recent amendment to the Illinois Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) is now law, effective July 1, 2021. This amendment is intended to protect student data from third-party providers that primarily serve K-12 institutions, and it directly impacts how Illinois public schools collect and store student information. IHLS supports both the proposed protections and the philosophies behind this new law and sees now as a good time to remind all members of the importance of library confidentiality. Confidentiality of library materials is a core value of librarianship...

Published 6/25/2021 4:52 PM CT

Library staff from the Joliet Junior College Library (JJC) in Joliet, Illinois, asked the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) to catalog their digitized oral history collection. The CMC is currently cataloging the 89 digitized transcripts. In the 1970s...

Delivery AnnouncementPublished 6/24/2021 9:41 AM CT

Good morning! I have received many questions about exchange points. IHLS is still maintaining COVID procedures used before Illinois went to Phase 5. We are continuing to wear masks, wipe high-touch areas, take the temperature of our staff, and keeping the no-contact exchange points. 

We will be evaluating not just the IHLS policy for our staff, but in Delivery, we will be evaluating the exchange points. ...

Published 2/25/2016 2:32 PM CT, Updated 5/26/2021 6:09 PM CT

Delivery On the Go (DOG) is where a library on a downstream route has requested an item from an upstream library. If tagged for DOG delivery, that item may be able to be delivered later that very same day. DOG deliveries are only available if that library is on the same route as your library and delivery is scheduled to arrive at the receiving library later that day.

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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.

Updated 1/8/2021 12:00 PM CT

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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