BiblioBoard Library

Popup Picks - Current Collections

Recovering the Classics

We've partnered with BiblioLabs to bring your patrons a library of e-books that are available to any Illinois resident.

Your BiblioBoard access from RAILS includes several content modules:

  • Recovering the Classics - Public-domain classics from world literature, with modern cover images
  • Popup Picks - Collections that change quarterly, that include hand-picked books from expert librarian curators
  • Indie Illinois - Books for all ages by independently published Illinois authors
  • Library Journal SELF-e Select - General and genre fiction by independently published authors, selected by Library Journal
  • Scholarly Resources - Open educational resources (OERs) for students, covering many subjects. See more information below.
  • Bodleian Library collection - Items from Oxford University's Bodleian Library
  • BiblioBoard Core and BiblioBoard Access collections - Articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics
  • Plympton collection - Children's and young adult fiction from Plympton, Inc.

There is no limit on simultaneous use; items can be read by 1 or 100 patrons at the same time. This means no hold queues and no waiting for titles.

Access to BiblioBoard

BiblioBoard Library provides geolocation-based authentication through the IP address of the user's computer or GPS coordinates of their mobile device. Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login. A patron who creates an optional account while in Illinois will be able to access the collection outside the state by logging into their account.

Your patrons have access to the collections through:

Because BiblioBoard authenticates by the user's location, visiting the website or opening the app gives your patrons access to e-books without needing to enter a library card number or other login.

We strongly encourage your patrons to create an account profile the first time they visit the collection. A BiblioBoard Library profile will allow access while outside of Illinois, as well as the ability to download content for offline reading and to add bookmarks and notes.

Links to some of the individual content modules:

Selected collections and items from the BiblioBoard content modules are also organized into themed curations.

Open Educational Resource (OER) Collections

BiblioBoard provides your patrons with access to a variety of open educational resource materials for unlimited use and download. For example, the Knowledge Unlatched anthology includes over 100 scholarly journals and books covering a variety of fields, including anthropology, gender studies, health and medicine, history, music and performing arts, political science, religious studies, and more.

OER materials are available in BiblioBoard on many subjects:

MARC records

MARC records for items in the collection will be made available to libraries. If your library belongs to a shared catalog, please follow your catalog consortium's guidelines for loading e-book MARC records. If you have questions about how to load MARC records into your catalog, please contact the system manager of your integrated library system (ILS) or your ILS vendor.

Recovering the Classics cover images

Recovering the Classics aims to bring new, modern covers to some of the most popular and well-known titles in the public domain. We've partnered with them to make the cover designs available for our libraries to use on marketing materials and promotional items that will be given away free of charge. For access to the graphics files, and for information about using the designs on fundraising merchandise, see:

Moby Dick cover image by Candy Medusa (CC by-nc 4.0)

Program and promotion ideas

The BiblioBoard Library collections can be used in a number of ways by Illinois libraries:

  • Simultaneous use makes these collections a great place to find titles for book clubs, community reads programs, and summer and winter reading programs.
  • Because titles are always available with no wait, they're also a great option as a tie-in to other programs, such as film/book programs, history and literature themed programs, armchair travel, and so on. For example, the Kankakee Area Library Association is hosting the Big Book Project ( featuring Moby Dick, one of the available titles.
  • Not only is Moby Dick available through BiblioBoard Library, the cover designs provided by Recovering the Classics can be used by the participating libraries to help market the program.
  • The cover designs make great postcards, bookmarks, posters, etc. for use in promoting programs. See our Using Recovering the Classics Images page for the cover-design image files and a sample postcard.

Marketing Collateral Files: