Community Delivery Partnerships Illinois State Library


A Community Delivery Partnership (CDP) comprises an agreement between two or more ILLINET member libraries to have all library materials requested by a patron of any participating library delivered to a single designated location. As of January 2016, there are over 200 partnerships operating across Illinois serving approximately 520 libraries.

The benefits of a CDP include more frequent service to many libraries, so that materials requested by your patrons will get into their hands more quickly. The goal is to offer 5 day per week service to all libraries participating in a CDP. Service will be consistent and reliable. That will allow you to promote resource sharing with confidence. The materials your library lends to users elsewhere in the state will also be returned and put back on your shelves more quickly.

Both the primary delivery library and each partner library have responsibilities in the CDP. A primary delivery library will accept incoming materials for all participants and provide staff to separate materials for pick up by partner libraries, notify partner libraries in a timely manner when they have materials to pick up and prepare materials to go out on delivery from all participants. Partner libraries will pick up materials from the primary delivery library on an agreed upon schedule or when notified that their library has materials waiting. Partner libraries will properly prepare materials requested from their library for resource sharing or materials to be returned borrowed by your patrons. Partners will take materials to the primary delivery library in a timely manner.

Libraries Participating in Community Delivery Partnerships

Following is a list of all Illinois libraries participating in a Community Delivery Partnership for each of the library systems. It is sorted by the name of the CDP host library. The information in these lists is also included in the Statewide Interactive Delivery map.

You can also view the locations in graphical format on the statewide CDP map. Following are instructions for using the statewide CDP map:

Community Delivery Partnership Forms

To form a CDP, contact your neighboring libraries to discuss the feasibility of working together to receive delivery. Any member can initiate the conversation. Then contact your library system's delivery staff to discuss the new delivery arrangement. Once an agreement is reached, all involved parties need to sign the CDP Memorandum of Agreement form. All participants should keep a copy of the signed agreement, along with the CDP Responsibilities document, for their files.