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IHLS Member Day 2024: Libraries, The Heart of the Community

A one-day virtual library conference especially for IHLS members — Open and FREE to all IHLS-member libraries and all staff levels and trustees

Register for a 2023 ILA Legislative Meet-Up Day!

The meet-ups are back in person and scheduled for late November (early December up north). Visit our page to learn more and prepare!


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!


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

Imagining Tomorrow

Delivering Possibilities



Square Miles

Next CE Events

Upcoming Events

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Focus on Cataloging Binge Boxes— a CMC cataloging course

Cataloging Maintenance Center, Continuing Education

A two-week crash course on cataloging binge boxes.


Aspen User Experience Training


Aspen User Experience Training for SHARE Members


Extra Credit! School Librarian Virtual Networking

System Member Networking

New monthly networking opportunity for school librarians!



IHLS Directors Chat

System Member Networking

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


SHARE Your Cataloging Questions

Continuing Education, LLSAP/Consortium

SHARE catalogers will be available to answer barcoding and cataloging questions.


Aspen Pre Go-Live Meeting for Cohort 1


Aspen Pre Go-Live Meeting for Cohort 1

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

IHLS & Regional Library Jobs

happy librarian checking in (or out) books

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.

  • Full-Time Courier, Edwardsville Hub

    Illinois Heartland Library System