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Board Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the IHLS FY2025 Board of Directors. We're looking for candidates to help us serve the southern and central Illinois library community. Are you interested? Find out how to nominate yourself or recommend someone else!

Complying with PA 103-0100

Public libraries need to prove they're compliant with PA 103-0100 (formerly HB 2789) in order to receive any State grants in 2024—including the Per Capita Grant. Is your library ready?


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.

Book Challenges Resource Guide

In response to the recent increase of challenges on library materials, IHLS has developed a resource guide. Here, you’ll find information focused on preparing for challenges and how to respond when a challenge is made.

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



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Upcoming Events

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Free Form Free For All

System Member Networking

This event is open to all who do programming for youth services.


Parts, Volumes, and Issues: Exploring Serials Cataloging — an Online with the CMC webinar

Cataloging Maintenance Center, Continuing Education

Online with the CMC is a free monthly cataloging webinar; this month we will discuss serials cataloging.


IHLS Directors Chat

System Member Networking

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


Canceled: iLEAD Trustee Learning Portal Statewide Workshop

Continuing Education

Learn how the iLEAD Trustee Learning Portal can help you and your board grow as public servants!


Cancelled: Aspen Q&A with SHARE Circulation & Resource Sharing Staff


Aspen Q&A with SHARE Circulation and Resource Sharing Staff

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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Advance Your Career with IHLS

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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.

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    Illinois Heartland Library System