When preparing materials for shipment; please remember to check the list of ILDS participants.  Also, when you train new staff, please emphasize the need for care in selecting the proper destination. Many direct stops have similar names, including all those that begin with “Illinois.” Appropriate reference to the participant list will also reduce the number of items that are sent to library system locations, rather than being sent directly to an ILDS participant. 

Due to the inclement weather, IHLS offices will open as follows on Friday: 

  • Carbondale closed with no delivery routes
  • Champaign office open with routes starting two hours later
  • Edwardsville open and routes running normally 

All libraries may not receive delivery on Friday. We will get to them as soon as we can.  Drivers may not be able to deliver to your library due to local road conditions.  Our drivers will evaluate the routes and use their personal discretion regarding the safety of local roads. 

Monday, January 15 is a designated ILDS holiday.  There will be No ILDS service on Monday.

The following is the list of days that ILDS will not provide service this year.

Reminder: Thanksgiving Day (November 23), and the day after Thanksgiving Day (November 24) are ILDS designated holidays.  Delivery service will not be provided either day.


It is time to collect the dates that your location will be closed for the upcoming holiday season. Please complete the survey on Survey Monkey no later than October 5, 2017, so that there is ample time for us to share this information with the delivery vendor.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding ILDS, please send an email to CARLI support.

The start of the new semester is a great time to review ILDS tips with your staff!

Here are a few more tips for ILDS best practices.

Tip #1 - ILDS cannot be used to send correspondence including library notices (e.g. overdue notices). See CARLI's best practice statement on mailing notices.

With the beginning of a new academic year, it is a good time to review a few of the ILDS best practices that have evolved over time. 
Tip #1 – Use zip ties to keep the delivery bags securely closed. We continue to receive reports of bags without zip ties showing up open, and a few have shown up open and empty. Please do not pull the zip tie too tight when securing it to the bag or the person opening the bag will have difficulty removing it. 

On July 20, 2017, the RAILS and IHLS staff will be attending a Staff Retreat.  ILDS will not provide service on that day so that all delivery staff can attend the retreat.