Welcome to SHARE




"Bad libraries build collections,
good libraries build services,
great libraries build communities."
- R. David Lankes

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

SHARE would like to welcome the inaugural members to the Common Loan Period Group:

Central Citizens’ Library District, Marrowbone Public Library District, Mississippi Valley Library District, O’Fallon Public Library, Paris Carnegie Library, Rend Lake College, Smithton Public Library, Tolono Public Library, Wayne City Kissner Public Library, and Williamsville Public Library.

Many times, library patrons borrow items from multiple libraries, and this can result in many different loan periods. With shared loan and renewal periods we hope to simplify things for the patrons and for the frontline staff as well. After much discussion the Group suggested the following:

  • Books, Kits, Periodicals, and Audiobooks—3-week loan period, with 2 renewals
  • DVDs, Music CDs, and Video Games—2-week loan period, with 2 renewals

Libraries have the option to participate fully, or a la carte. If your library would just like to have your books and audiobooks with the common loans, that is fine. You can find all the details at Common Loan Periods under the Circulation tab on the SHARE website.

If your library is interested in joining the Common Loan Period Group, please contact Dena Porter.

The SHARE Data Privacy and Protection passed membership vote, with a tally of 184 yes votes to two no votes. Thank you to everyone who took a moment to cast a vote on behalf of their library!
We appreciate your active participation in SHARE governance.


SHARE has a new text alert service in the event of a Polaris outage. Text POLARIS to 84483 to receive alerts from SHARE. You will only receive an alert in the event of a system outage.

You will also receive email from SHARE's Official Business mailing list. You can sign up for all emails and newsletters from IHLS and SHARE here.

It's that time of year again! Do you need reports for your annual ILL Traffic Survey? The deadline is March 31, 2022. Please click here for full written instructions, or check out our short video for a quick demonstration on which reports and numbers you'll need for the survey.


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

A reminder that on-order records are not to be used for circulation. On-order records are put into the database only to let patrons know a resource has been ordered but is not yet received. This allows patrons to place holds on the title. These records are not intended for circulation.

A reminder on the use of the Volume field in item records. It’s very important that the Volume field be used correctly because of the effect on holds.

Having information in the Volume field creates an additional step for users when placing a hold, requiring the user to select an individual item or from a group of items.

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

The SHARE Mobile Library app is here!

SHARE Mobile Library AppOur automated library consortium now has a mobile app! The SHARE Mobile Library, created with the Solus library app platform, allows your patrons to browse new books, renew your items, search digital content, add and manage multiple accounts, and find your nearest public library, all in the app. Keep an eye on this page for all of the latest SHARE Mobile Library news and resources! LEARN MORE


Bookmarks, door signs, and social media images are now available on our SHARE Mobile Library Marketing Materials page!