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Friday, July 29, 2011

Give a big welcome to the new Illinois Heartland Library System!

Posted by Deanne H

Illinois has a proud history of library cooperation.  Regional library systems were organized and established in the 1960's to provide interlibrary loan, a consolidated library catalog, cataloging assistance and consulting services.  In the early days, there were more than a dozen system offices.  Over the years, systems have merged in an effort to provide the same quality service at a reduced cost to taxpayers.  Recently, a new merger took place.  Above you will see a map of the new Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and below some information about it's members.  Many librarians and dedicated library advocates have worked diligently over the last year to plan and implement this exciting new organization.

Welcome to the Illinois Heartland!  We continue to be ready and able to assist with all of your information needs and have literally millions of library materials available for delivery to your local library.

IHLS was created by the merger of four regional library systems in southern and central Illinois:

IHLS covers 28,141 square miles. There are 594 member libraries: 38 Academic, 231 Public, 260 School and 65 Special.
IHLS provides delivery, automation (online catalog software), and talking book services, as well as certain grant program services, such as the Cataloging Maintenance Center and WebJunction Illinois.

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