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IHLS Board Nominations Are Now Open!

Ever thought about serving on the IHLS Board of Directors? Nominate yourself between Jan. 13 and Feb. 15, 2023

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!


IHLS Staff overhead view -- Illinois Heartland Library System logo is seen in the background

Imagining Tomorrow

Delivering Possibilities



Square Miles

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.

an IHLS delivery van

Library Jobs

happy librarian checking in (or out) books

Recently added jobs

For more information on job postings, please contact the posting library directly.

  • Full-Time Courier

    Employement type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Illinois Heartland Library System

  • Courier, Carbondale Location

    Employement type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Illinois Heartland Library System

  • Web IT Administrator

    Employement type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Illinois Heartland Library System

  • Executive Director

    Employement type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Wood Dale Public Library District (West Suburban Chicago)