The eRead Illinois program focuses on
- Expanding access to e-books for Illinois residents
- Training on e-books for libraries to better serve their communities
- Exploring further opportunities for increasing access to e-books through collaboration with Illinois authors, libraries, publishers, and other organizations
eRead Illinois includes an e-book collection and Axis 360 software platform from Baker & Taylor for RAILS members and IHLS non-SHARE members. Participating IHLS libraries that are members of the SHARE catalog will use the Cloud Library.
More than 400 RAILS and IHLS libraries currently participate in eRead Illinois on the Axis 360 platform, and over 150 IHLS SHARE libraries have joined the Cloud Library cohort.
The eRead Illinois program also includes live trainings and webinars for participating libraries.
Chicago Public Library has its own e-books program and is not included in the eRead Illinois project.
Visit the eRead Illinois website at https://ereadillinois.com
We've partnered with BiblioLabs to bring your patrons a collection of e-books that's available to any Illinois resident. Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login.
The BiblioBoard platform features a collection from Recovering the Classics (which features public-domain classics from world literature, with modern cover images), a curated Popup Picks collection that changes quarterly, as well as collections from the Bodleian Library and the BiblioBoard Core. There is no limit on simultaneous use; items in the collection can be read by 1 or 100 patrons at the same time. This means no hold queues and no waiting for titles.