BiblioBoard Library

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

The BiblioBoard platform features four collections:

  1. Recovering the Classics featuring public-domain classics from world literature, with modern cover images
  2. Popup Picks featuring titles that will change quarterly and will include hand-curated e-books from expert librarian curators
  3. The Bodleian Library collection featuring items from Oxford University's Bodleian Library
  4. The Biblioboard Core collection featuring articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics

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

Popup Picks

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 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:

Since BiblioBoard authenticates by geolocation, visiting the website or opening the app will take your patrons directly to the RAILS collections.

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

You can also go directly to each of the individual collections:

MARC records

MARC records for items in the collection will be made available to libraries. If your library belongs to an 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 (https://thebigbookproject.wordpress.com) 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.