The Illinois Library Association:

is the third largest state association in North America;

boasts the greatest number of participants for its IREAD summer reading program;

fought for the introduction of the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA), that provides federal funds which are reappropriated in Illinois and administered by the Illinois State Library, succeeded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA);

sponsored the study that created Illinois library systems;

fought against the proposed establishment of 102 individual county obscenity standards and fought to retain the current statewide standard;

fought for Illinois General Assembly legislative information to be made available to the public through the World Wide Web;

fought for the creation of the Illinois Century Network, a statewide network serving major public institutions including libraries; and

sponsors numerous continuing education opportunities, publications, innovative programs, awards, and leadership development to promote excellence in Illinois libraries.


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Illinois Library Association

What is the Illinois Library Association?

Since 1896, the Illinois Library Association (ILA) has been the voice for Illinois libraries and the millions who depend on them.  Its membership is made up of public, academic, school, and special libraries as well as librarians, library assistants, trustees, students and library vendors. It is a not-for-profit educational organization with more than 3,600 members.

Why should I join ILA?

ILA offers professional growth opportunities, produces practical products, workshops and conferences, and maintains a strong legislative voice in Springfield. An annual conference is held each October, including many preconferences, programs, and vendor exhibits. Spring workshops address topics from the government information system to youth services.

ILA produces many publications including the ILA Reporter, a bi-monthly newsletter, which is free to members.  Other available publications include Illinois Library Laws, Serving Our Public: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries, Trustee Facts Files, and the Cyberguide for Kids and Parents.

Thirteen committees and eleven forums provide leadership opportunities and respond to the special interests of our public, academic, special, and school library members.

Through its legislative advocacy efforts, ILA continuously fights to protect the interests of Illinois' libraries.  ILA was presented the Illinois Press Association's 1999 Legislative Service Award for outstanding commitment to the protection of free speech and free press issues.

Where is ILA and what are the hours of operation?

The ILA Office is located in downtown Chicago.  The office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.  Voice mail is available when the office is closed.