Welcome to SHARE




"Bad libraries build collections,
good libraries build services,
great libraries build communities."
- R. David Lankes
Polaris Alert for Windows 11 Computers: It is now safe to install Windows 11, version 22H2. If you do so, make sure that your computer has all Windows updates installed as of February 2023.

The annual Illinois Library System Membership Certification, which occurs each winter/spring, includes the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Statistical Survey and the Annual Certification Form.

"Making SHARE Work for You" 

April 14, 9-10 a.m. during Reaching Forward South

Are you attending Reaching Forward South? Discover what SHARE offers its members when you attend the session "Making SHARE Work for You" from 9-10 a.m.

SHARE annual agreements will be sent via email mid-April. If you have a new billing contact or need to change your email, please contact Cassandra Thompson.

Take a look at what's happening in our latest SHARE Member Notes!

Maximize your users' experience!

For the past year, SHARE committees have been reviewing new technologies, including something called a “discovery layer,” which would integrate with Polaris and replace our existing Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), PowerPAC. After careful review, the SHARE Circulation & Resource Sharing Committee determined that Aspen Discovery, from ByWater Solutions, would be the best fit for our member libraries that want to add this new technology.


Reservations for Aspen are closed at this time. If you are interested, please Cassandra Thompson for further information and options. 


GIF that rotates through the features of Aspen Discovery, as listed below the image in the text of the article.

Did you know?

You can now use the “Name on Identification” field for a legal name and use the original registration field for a preferred first name. This is a great way to personalize your communications to patrons, by using the name they prefer!

SHARE has a new help desk system! You can access our help desk from the SHARE website under the Support menu, by bookmarking the URL https://help.illinoisheartland.org/, or by emailing us at help@illinoisheartland.org.

We have had a lot of questions recently about SHARE Mobile Library usage. Here are some recent stats:


494,883 app launches

131,714 holds placed

30 SHARE-member library custom templates


If you are thinking about a custom template, please email Cassandra Thompson. If you'd like to reach more patrons, review the available marketing materials on the SHARE Mobile Library webpage. You can also email Cassandra Thompson if you would like to pick up SHARE Mobile Library bookmarks from one of the three IHLS offices. We'll also have bookmarks available at the SHARE booth at Reaching Forward South on Friday, April 14!