Interlibrary Delivery

Delivery is provided as a member benefit to all our libraries. Your library receives delivery service through one of these methods:

  • RAILS delivery vehicles or contracted delivery
  • Community Delivery Partnerships
  • Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS)
  • Courier service within Chicago
  • U.S. Postal Service

Use the Library Lookup to find delivery codes, routes, days, Illinois Library Delivery Service stops, and other information for RAILS libraries.

Order RAILS self-adhesive delivery labels.

IHLS Delivery information is on the Illinois Heartland Library System website.

What We Deliver

The following items may be sent through interlibrary delivery:

  • Library materials, defined as items that are classified, cataloged, and available for loan.
  • Items sent from RAILS, the Illinois State Library, or the Illinois Secretary of State.

We will not deliver:

  • Items that are individually addressed and can be mailed via the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Library newsletters.
  • Bulk items for distribution.
  • Items sent to locations outside of Illinois (including the RiverShare libraries in Iowa).

Other items may be delivered at our discretion.