Join Our BoardAre you looking to share your love of libraries and represent the needs of your community? Bring your skills and experience to the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) Board of Directors and have an impact on the quality of library service in central and southern Illinois.

The IHLS Board of Directors Nominating Committee is preparing for the 2020 election cycle and has opened the nomination process. The following positions on the board are up for election this year:

  • 1 Academic Library Representative (3 year term)
  • 1 School Library Representative (3 year term)
  • 1 Special Library Representative (3 year term)
  • 2 Public Library Trustees (3 year term each)

header with image and text. image: wooden head/body pawns/figures with wooden check mark in box. text: Illinois Libraries and the 2020 Census.

The 2020 Census is just around the corner, and IHLS, Illinois Complete Count Commission, and the Illinois State Library are asking libraries to do their part in making sure as many people are counted as possible—and it's imperative we do so to help ensure Illinois gets our fair share of federal funding. Here's why it matters and what Illinois libraries can do.

Request for Comments

At the January meeting of the Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors, the new proposed Public Comment Policy (PDF) was approved by the board in a first reading and is now being sent out for member comment.

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IHLS is proud to partner with Girls Who Code (GWC) to support girls’ participation in STEM programming across our community.

Be sure to indicate your affiliation with IHLS as a Community Partner to receive additional benefits!

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Required Delivery Count

February 24-28, 2020

Presidents' Day

All IHLS offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of Presidents' Day.

Be a Voice for Illinois Libraries. ILA Legislative Meet-Up Days

Once again, Illinois Library Association has arranged its spring 2020 series of legislative events as opportunities for you to meet with your state and federal legislators and speak with them about issues affecting you and your library. Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate.

Three of these meet-ups are in the central and southern Illinois areas, including events in Edwardsville, Effingham, and Bloomington-Normal.

Pink Tubs in Edwardsville

The IHLS Delivery hubs have been a sea of tubs this week! The Delivery department would like to thank all of you for your patience as we are hard at work sorting your items.

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IHLS has made a group purchase of 250 copies of Serving Our Public 4.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries.

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The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) recently cataloged a record book from 1861 for the West Sangamon Public Library District.

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