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Illinois Library and Information Network (ILLINET)

The Illinois Library and Information Network (ILLINET), established in 1975, is a statewide library alliance, representing the 5,000+ academic, public, school and special libraries that comprise Illinois’ Regional Library Systems (RLS). With the support of the Illinois State Library and the RLS, ILLINET libraries collectively provide a strong foundation for statewide resource sharing, in order to meet the diverse information needs of Illinois citizens.

The online consortial catalogs, known as Local Library System Automation Programs (LLSAPs) and the Illinois Statewide Library Delivery Service (ILDS) are key components of statewide resource sharing. Administered by the RLSs, LLSAPs contain the holdings of ILLINET library collections, and provide access to circulation and interlibrary loan services. Online access to library collections, coupled with statewide delivery ensures a strong network of resource discovery and fulfillment throughout Illinois.

The strength of ILLINET resource sharing is not, however, limited to the exchange of library materials, but also extends to the provision of continuing education, consulting technology and grant programs, which are made available through the State Library and the RLSs. Altogether, the foundation of ILLINET is rooted in the premise that through the interdependence of all member libraries, Illinois citizens, regardless of location, receive the best possible library service available.

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