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Free Tools and Other Resources

The World Wide Web is home to a wide world of tools that can make librarians' jobs easier. Use the filters below to find free tools to aid in collection development, marketing, and more!

NOTE: The information provided here is for the convenience of IHLS members. New tools and additional resources are added periodically.


I'llShareIt

Illshareit.com helps customers find nearby SHARE libraries. Customers can search by their home address, town, or zip code, using Google Places to provide accurate search results. There are…

ILLINET

ILLINET, established in 1975, is a statewide library alliance, representing over 3,000 academic, public, school and special libraries that are members of Illinois' library systems (RAILS, IHLS…

Illinois Center for the Book

The Illinois Center for the Book is a programming arm of the Illinois State Library that promotes reading, writing and author programs with the following mission: Nurturing and connecting readers…

Illinois Digital Archives

The Illinois Digital Archives is a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois.

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections

The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections contains 118 newspaper titles, 140,474 issues comprising 1,488,968 pages and 6,887,660 articles. Since 2005, the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper…

Illinois Library Association

The Illinois Library Association represents Illinois libraries and the millions who depend on them. Founded in 1896, it is the third largest state library association and a chapter of the…

Illinois State Archives

  The Illinois State Archives serves by law as the depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal, or…

Illinois State Board of Elections

The State Board of Elections is an independent state agency that was provided for by the 1970 Illinois Constitution to supervise the registration of voters and the administration of elections…

Illinois State Library

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…

Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service

The Illinois State Library manages the Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) program. As the Regional Library, TBBS acts as the liaison to the National Library Service for the Blind and…

Inkie.org

Inkie.org is a suite of self-publishing tools and resources. Through RAILS’ partnership with BiblioBoard, inkie.org is available to everyone in Illinois free, without the need of a library card…

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 327 billion archived web pages. The site provides free access to…

Learning Technology Center of Illinois

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois is a statewide program that supports all public K-12 districts, schools, and educators through technology initiatives, services, and professional…

Legamus

Legamus! (Latin: let’s read together!) makes free audio books from texts that are in the Public Domain in Europe. In this context, Public Domain means that copyright has expired…

LGBTQ+ College Choice Guide via Intelligent.com

Choosing the right school is vital for every college-bound student, but it can be more challenging for those who identify as LGBTQ+. In addition to the many obstacles that all students face, it is…