Illinois Libraries Present provides premier online events at equitable prices for participating member libraries of all sizes and budgets; We connect communities and audiences across the state through shared event experiences


  • To provide premier, high-profile events that highlight national names and social justice/DEI issues, that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive for single libraries to hold on their own.

  • To reduce costs and maximize reach by taking advantage of both virtual event platforms and the collective buying power of Illinois public libraries.

  • To allow access to all libraries as equitably as possible, by aligning each library’s cost to participate with the size of their operating budget.

  • To define clear and distinct roles among Illinois Libraries Present committees and the participating libraries, including patron contact points, marketing, invoicing, etc.


Why should you consider joining Illinois Libraries Present?

For Your Patrons

  • Share premier events with your patrons no matter your size, location, or operating budget

  • Provide libraries the opportunity to shine a light on high profile topics within their respective communities

  • Share big name, nationally recognized speakers with no cost to patrons

  • Provide a professionally presented program that showcases the power and value of libraries

For Your Library

  • Allow libraries to plan ahead when they know what their options will be further in advance

  • Avoid competing requests for collaboration among RAILS libraries

  • Streamline communication between libraries

  • Provide a template for managing the logistics of each initiative, including marketing

  • Provide high-quality event production

  • Event data and reports to share with your stakeholders and analyze trends

  • Opportunities for staff to lead from all positions and gain skills in large-scale event production, working side-by-side with experts in the field