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Annual Library Certification Data

Before completing the Annual Certification form, libraries should be prepared to enter the following required data if not already present or accurate after login. Step by step instructions for completing the certification form will soon be provided via a webinar accessible via the Illinois State Library's website.

The online certification portal requires the agency Control Number and the main administrative branch number for each library system member. This information is available through L2. On L2, locate your library agency information and scroll through the information to find the Control Number, a 5-digit number. Main administrative branches are identified as 00 for public, academic, special, and private school libraries. Public school library administrative branches are identified as 99.

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Certification Form Data – Required Fields

Core Institution Questions for All Libraries:

  1. Does the library serve the basic information and library needs of its constituents?
  2. Does the library have a bibliographically organized collection of library materials?
  3. Does the library have at least one employee who works at least 15 hours per week as the librarian?
  4. Does the library have permanent financial support for the collection?
  5. Is the library collection accessible centrally?
  6. Does the library occupy identifiable quarters in one principal location?

Other unique questions on the online certification form depend on each library agency’s 1) system membership status (developmental or full), and 2) type of library (public, school, special, academic). A summary of these questions follows:

All Full Members – Academic, Special, School, and Public

All School – Full and Developmental Members

All Public – Full and Developmental Members

Public – Full Members Only