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AMHS Updates

Watch this space for special updates on the Automated Material Handling System (AMH or AMHS) project at IHLS.

HR Source Grant Announcement 2024

Illinois Heartland Library System is thrilled to announce the second round of our new HR 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.

FY2025 Proposed Budget & Operational Plan Available for Member Comment

Illinois Heartland Library System Library Members: We are excited to bring to you the Illinois Heartland Library System Fiscal Year 2025 Draft Budget and Budget Narrative using OpenGov.

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

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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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