More for You and Your Library
The following RAILS programs are available without charge to RAILS specialized libraries.
Get Help Cataloging World Language Materials
The World Language Cataloging Services Program provides original and copy cataloging for books, audiobooks, magazines, sound recordings, and much more in a wide variety of world languages. You can submit physical items, photocopies, or PDF files of items to be cataloged. The program is made possible by an Illinois State Library grant and there is no cost to your library.
Conduct a Quick Survey of Specialized Library Colleagues
Have you ever wondered what service providers other specialized libraries use, or who has purchased a product you’re considering for your library? Want to know more about other specialized library policies or procedures in specific areas? With Fast Facts Surveys, you can quickly poll your specialized library colleagues on a variety of topics and all responses are compiled in one place.
RAILS Continuing Education Event Grants
RAILS periodically offers CE Event grants to individual libraries (including specialized libraries), networking groups, and library consortia to support continuing education opportunities for RAILS library staff. RAILS prioritizes events focused on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.
Delivery for interlibrary loans is provided as a member benefit to all of our libraries. Your library receives delivery service through one of these methods:
- RAILS delivery vehicles or contracted delivery
- Community delivery partnerships
- Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS)
- On-demand delivery service
- U.S. Postal Service
You can find more information on the RAILS Delivery page, including training videos, how to print labels, delivery partnerships, and more.