About Find More Illinois

Find More Illinois expands resource sharing and facilitates discovery and interlibrary loan for Illinois libraries and their patrons. It provides a single discovery interface that draws from the online catalogs of participating libraries.

Anyone can search multiple Illinois library catalogs at once. Patrons and staff of participating libraries can log in to place requests. When staff fill requests, items are delivered to the requesting library through the RAILS delivery service.

Benefits

Find More Illinois enables

  • Seamless discovery and delivery for patrons: find it, click it, get it
    • Fast and easy to use from anywhere
    • No need to re-enter searches
  • Better interlibrary loan service, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for libraries
    • Self-service for patrons reluctant to ask for interlibrary loan help
    • Reduction in staff time and effort
    • Lower‐cost alternative to OCLC for libraries that want one
  • Support for reciprocal borrowing service (in development)

The SHAREit software being used for Find More Illinois also includes the ability for cataloging staff to search and download bibliographic (MARC) records and for nonautomated libraries to participate in resource sharing by attaching their holdings to the appropriate bibliographic records in the union catalog. 

Library Participation

Anyone can search the Find More Illinois catalog, but only patrons and staff of participating libraries are able to place interlibrary loan requests.

Participation is open to any interested Illinois library of any type—academic, public, school, or special. Participation is voluntary, not required.

Costs

Searching Find More Illinois is free. There are fees for libraries that want to use the interlibrary loan features; see the Join tab for cost information and to request a quote.

History

Reaching Across Illinois Library System began researching this project in 2013 and initially called it an overlay project to emphasize that the goal is to expand resource sharing by connecting, not replacing, existing integrated library systems. The pilot stage of Find More Illinois began in early 2018 with 21 libraries from I-Share, PrairieCat, and Rock River Library Consortium. Additional libraries began joining in fall 2018.

Need More Information?

See the presentation handout below and the Find More Illinois research page, or contact RAILS Find More Illinois staff.