Illinois has now entered into an unprecedented 6 months without a state budget and it doesn’t seem like legislators are making much progress. Very soon, many of our members will be forced to make hard decisions about collections, programming, and staffing in light of the budget impasse. Services that Illinois patrons depend on are in jeopardy and Illinois Heartland Library System is calling you to action!

Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) is an organization dedicated to providing high quality services to its 539 members in central and southern Illinois. Our primary annual revenue is the System Area and Per Capita (SAPC) grant from the Illinois State Library/Secretary of State. For several years the annual grant appropriation for IHLS has been approximately $3.36 M. We very recently learned from the Illinois State Library our appropriation for the current fiscal year (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) will be approximately $1.97 M--a decrease of 42%.

The January 29, 2016, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • IHLS Board Meeting – February 4, 2016
  • Delivery Tip – Required Delivery Count February 15-19
  • ISLMA Grant and Scholarships Deadline February 1
  • 2016 Legislative Meet-ups
  • Illinois State Library:  Targeting Autism Forum Openings
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships
  • In the News
  • E-News from the Illinois State Library
  • ILA E-Newsletter
  • ILA Reporter
  • Free Webinars & Workshops
  • Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Thanks to the quick work of the Illinois State Library and the Secretary of State staff, libraries were included for partial funding under HB 2039 that Gov. Rauner signed last week.  If you would like to take this opportunity to reach out to your local legislators with a thank you and perhaps let them know what an important difference this partial per capita funding will make to their constituents, Jim Deiters and Denise Raleigh, co-chairs of the Illinois Library Association's Advocacy Committee, have put together handy tips for strengthening relationships with legislators. They have also included the vote totals for HB 2039.

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their December 1, 2015, meeting.

Next board meeting date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016. (Rescheduled for February 4, 2016)


Earlier this year 192 respondents completed the second IHLS delivery survey. Thank you to the members that completed the survey.


Click here to view the report.

At its October meeting, the IHLS Board of Directors approved four components of the Long Range Plan.  

The VisionMissionValues and Goals are the guiding documents that will lead the organization forward for the next few years.  Strategic initiatives and activities will be developed to support the long range goals and will be included in each year's plan of service.  

As Illinois enters a fifth month with no budget, the library community is encouraged to take action and connect with legislators.

IHLS placed a bulk order of the latest edition of Illinois Library Laws & Rules (2015)!

The books are available to our members at $22.50/copy.  We strongly recommend all members have at least one copy for their library due to the very recent changes in the Library System service standards.  The books are also available to ILA members for $25/copy and $50/copy for nonmembers.

IHLS delivery staff have been testing our new customer ticketing software and are now at the stage where we feel we can release it to everyone.  We ask that you please be patient! We are confident that any “bugs” will be worked out, as our members begin to utilize the software.