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Illinois Public Library Internet Survey Info Page

The Secretary of State’s recently sent out an email asking public libraries to fill out a statewide survey on broadband access and usage in their library. IHLS IT Director Troy Brown shares some advice on filling out this critical survey.

HR Source Grant Announcement 2023

Illinois Heartland Library System is thrilled to announce a new pilot grant program to meet our public libraries' HR support needs: the HR Source Membership Grant!


IHLS has a menu of tools and resources to help Illinois libraries provide outstanding services. In addition to free functional 5-day interlibrary delivery, library staff can take continuing education classes, access grant and tool databases, and more.

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

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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Imagining Tomorrow

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.


No More Eye-Rolling: Dealing with Difficult People — a Library HR Webinar by Uprise Health

Continuing Education

You'll leave this webinar with at least one take-away idea to better manage even the most challenging people.


SHARE Catalogers Training Session

Continuing Education, LLSAP/Consortium

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


IHLS Directors Chat

System Member Networking

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


Stump the CMC — an Online with the CMC webinar

Cataloging Maintenance Center, Continuing Education

Online with the CMC is a free monthly cataloging webinar; this month is your chance to stump the CMC.

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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IHLS & Regional 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.

  • Operations Manager

    Illinois Heartland Library System - Champaign Hub