What's New at RAILS

RAILS Receives Grant for E-Books

RAILS has received a grant of $125,000 for e-books through the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State. In early August, we were notified by the Illinois State Library that a portion of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) grant funds for Illinois libraries would go directly to library systems for the purchase of e-books.

RAILS Minute - October 29, 2020

In this episode: RAILS reduces the required quarantine for delivery items to three days, the RAILS EDI initiative progresses, and serving the unserved!

Find More Illinois Improves Interlibrary Loan: Spotlight on Shared Catalog Member Libraries

With Find More Illinois (FMI), libraries in shared catalog consortia can instantly expand resource discovery and streamline interlibrary loan for patrons and staff. While consortium member libraries already enjoy the benefits of a shared catalog, Find More Illinois is the next step to deliver outstanding resource sharing services.

Benefits for participating libraries include:

RAILS Top 10 Books You Always Wanted to Read (But Never Got Around To)

Top 10 Books You ALways Wanted to Read (But Haven't Got Around To)

As the summer progresses and libraries expand services, RAILS wanted to share a top 10 list that we compiled from our staff. Thank you to everyone who contributed a title: over 30 titles were suggested! Our theme was Books You Always Wanted to Read, (But Never Got Around To). We narrowed them down to the top ten. In alphabetical order:

RAILS Minute - July 7, 2020

In this week's episode: RAILS re-opening survey results and six libraries are awarded grants to join shared catalogs.

Six Libraries to Join Shared Catalogs: Patrons Benefit

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) awarded catalog membership grants to six libraries in northern and central Illinois to join shared catalogs, including: $32,985.95 for Glenside Public Library District to join SWAN; $37,865.00 for Grayslake Area Public Library District to join CCS; $8,846.00 for Lostant Community Library to join PrairieCat; $45,965.00 for Palatine Public Library District to join CCS; $32,755.93 for Roselle Public Library District to join SWAN; and $23,668.28 for Warrenville Public Librar