As IHLS embarks on its 9th year as an organization, we are energized by the possibility of further refining our current member services and expanding our horizons. Areas of focus for FY2020 include: an enhanced web presence for IHLS, a focus on public library trustee training, delivery training for all members, grant writing workshops for IHLS member libraries and focused outreach to our school library community.

This work is laid out in the FY20 Budget and Operational Plan.  But before the final submission to the IHLS Board of Directors and the Illinois State Library, we’d like to hear from you.


All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, 2019.

IHLS Board Networking Event

May 23, 2019 | 4:00-5:00
Decatur Public Library

This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with IHLS board members.

It is almost time for the next quarterly count week. Great news! ALL libraries will only have to count items that have a hand-written label on them which includes gift/donation items. You can find a link to the count form on the IHLS website on the delivery page. Thank you again for your cooperation and assistance. Quarterly Delivery Count Form (PDF)



Updated May 1, 2019

The Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) is requesting a plan that lays out, and implements, a new design and layout to the IHLS website.

Please read the RFP carefully before submitting a proposal.

IHLS Member Day 2019Mark your calendars for November 7, 2019: IHLS Member Day is BACK—BIGGER and BETTER than ever! Immerse yourself in a jam-packed day of library learning designed just for you—this year with expanded tracks! Update your knowledge, find new tools, and meet and share ideas with others from the diverse library world of Central and Southern Illinois, including public, school, academic, and special libraries and IHLS staff. FREE for IHLS members.

Each public library board is required to take action each year on whether to participate in the non-resident program and to determine the fee for non-resident cards. 

The deadline for completion of the survey is June 30, 2019.

The end of the school year is quickly approaching.  The System’s courier delivery service to schools for this school year will end on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Summer Getaway 2019:
Professional Learning for School Librarians

July 11-12, 2019 | Champaign, IL


This year’s conference will allow attendees to dive deeply into state and national library standards, with a special focus on Linking for Learning and AASL’s National School Library Standards.

Design Thinking for LibrariesOne-Day Workshop Offered June 12 & 13, 2019
9:30 AM - 5 PM

Registration Deadline is May 27!


Design Thinking for Libraries is a one-day workshop that will empower you to tackle challenges. With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with Chicago Public Library, this full-day introductory workshop draws upon the toolkit developed by IDEO, an award-winning, human-centered global design firm, to help libraries use design thinking to better understand and service library patrons. The program will take a step-by-step approach to guide you through the process of understanding design thinking so you can put it into practice at your library.

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