The Illinois State Library provides leadership in information access and supports essential and collaborative library and literacy services. In addition, it is the principal information resource for state government. The library has a collection of more than 5 million items and subscribes to numerous electronic databases (especially helpful for genealogy research) and services that allow patrons access to thousands of additional resources. The State Library serves as regional federal documents depository, maintains an authoritative collection of historic and contemporary Illinois documents, and houses more than 185,000 maps.
The State Library provides support, through grant programs, to over 3,370 public, academic, school, and special libraries throughout Illinois that together comprise the Illinois Library and Information Network (ILLINET). These grant programs are used to expand library services, enhance technology, build and renovate libraries, as well as provide support for the statewide delivery service for library materials. Basic adult literacy instruction is provided through grant programs administered through the State Library's Literacy Office. Additionally, the Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) serves the needs of the visually impaired through support of the activities of the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped. For more information, please see the entry for the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS), on this resources page.
The Illinois State Library also manages the Illinois Center for the Book, a programming arm of the Illinois State Library that promotes reading, writing and author programs with the following mission: Nurturing and connecting readers and writers, and honoring our rich literary heritage. For more information, please see the entry for the Illinois Center for the Book, on this resources page.
The Illinois State Library also manages ILLINET, a statewide library alliance. They are responsible for the ILLINET ILL Loan Code and the ILLINET ILL Traffic Survey. For more information about ILLINET, the ILLINET ILL Loan Code and the ILLINET Traffic Survey, please see the entry for ILLINET on this resources page.