National Entrepreneurship Week (February 16 - 23, 2019) is dedicated to showcasing and supporting entrepreneurship throughout the United States. It is the perfect time to uncover all the ways the library can be a resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

To best serve our members, the IHLS delivery department is dedicated to making sure that delivery is standardized across our service area. Beginning February 2019 there will be changes to one of our standard delivery procedures.


Board of Directors imageThe Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors Nominating Committee is preparing for the 2019 election cycle and has opened the nomination process. The following positions on the board are up for election this year:

  • 1 Public Librarian Representative (3-year term)
  • 4 Public Library Trustee Representatives (3-year term each)


The Live from Behind the Scenes program brings Shedd experts, from trainers to veterinarians, and animals to your library for a live, virtual 50-minute interactive experience.


The FY18/19 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) survey is now open. Each public library is required to submit the IPLAR 60 days after the library’s fiscal year end.

The annual library certification process began on Wednesday, January 2. The deadline for certification is Sunday, March 31.

All types of libraries of libraries (academic, public, special and schools) are required to participate in this process to maintain system membership and qualify for grant programs from the Illinois State Library.

Need a little extra money to finish a remodeling project? What about extra funds to upgrade or increase the collection your students enjoy? Looking for a grant geared towards small libraries? The deadline for the Per Capita and Equalization Aid grant is approaching.

Have you checked out the Vendor Discount page on the website?

The discount for The Library Store (TLS) has been updated/renewed.


Have you already started a club? Great! Did you know that you can get additional benefits like scholarships and grants by being an IHLS member?

Please contact Cassandra Thompson to verify Girls Who Code has your club affiliated with IHLS.




Registration for Spring 2019 classes is underway until January 18th for new and returning students. Classes will run from January 19th to May 17th, 2019.

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