RAILS Delivery Labels

You must use the RAILS delivery label to send items to libraries that are either:

  • On a vehicle route in your RAILS delivery hub (XBR, XCV, XEP, XGV, XRF, XSW, XWH); or
  • In your shared catalog (except for academic libraries in I-Share)

Use the Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS) label for:

  • RAILS libraries outside your delivery service area
  • Libraries in the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS)
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Academic libraries that are ILDS delivery locations

Order/Download Labels

RAILS delivery labels are available in packs of self-adhesive labels, or on printable/downloadable sheets. Label sheets need to be printed at full size, portrait orientation, on white paper.

Labeling Instructions

  • Secure a label to each item using rubber bands. Do not tape labels onto library materials.
  • If you are sending a few items to the same library, you may securely bundle the individually labeled items together with rubber bands. Be sure that a label for the bundle is visible.
  • If you are sending enough items to one library to fill a delivery bin, you may label the bin instead each individual item. All items in the bin must be going to the same destination.

Filling In Label Fields

To avoid confusion, be sure to enter full library names in the appropriate fields. For schools, include both the district and school building name. There's more than one "Jefferson School" (for example) in RAILS. Do not enter a patron's name anywhere on the label.

  • Route: (Optional) Use only if you know the destination library's delivery route.
  • TO: Enter the full name of the library that will receive the delivery from RAILS. Optionally include the library's RAILS delivery code, if there is one.
  • FOR: Use only when the final destination receives indirect delivery via a Community Delivery Partner. Enter the full name of the destination library; do not enter a library patron's name.
    • Example: Items for South Beloit High School are dropped off by RAILS delivery at South Beloit Public Library, the school's delivery partner. The label should say -
      TO: South Beloit Public Library
      FOR: South Beloit CUSD #320 - South Beloit High School
  • FROM: Enter the full name of the library that's sending the item.
  • NOTES / DUE DATE: (Optional) You may use this field to indicate a due date, or to add special instructions, notes regarding the item's condition when received, or other information. Do not enter a patron's name.