Welcome to SHARE




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

CloudLibrary is temporarily available to all SHARE members! CloudLibrary is temporarily available to all SHARE libraries until May 31, 2020.

All patrons and students can use their library card number and PIN to access our collection via the cloudLibrary app. This is a great time to demo cloudLibrary and add digital content.

IHLS delivery service has been suspended until further notice.

There are many libraries that have given permission to extend due dates or override renewals. We have updated our Libraries That Allow Longer Loan Periods list to include libraries that have asked to be added to the list due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to add your library, please contact Cassandra Thompson. In addition, the SHARE Executive Council recommends that member libraries suspend fines for an indefinite amount of time until normal operations resume. No patron notices will be sent during this time.

For more information about COVID-19 and the IHLS/SHARE response, please see https://www.illinoisheartland.org/covid19.

Draft Cataloging Standard

Bibliographic records that are imported into the Polaris database must include full ISBD punctuation, including punctuation between subfields and ending punctuation. If ISBD punctuation is not present in the OCLC record, it must be added or edited when the record is brought into Polaris.


Do you need reports for your annual ILL Traffic Survey? The deadline is looming, so please don’t wait! SHARE no longer sends out the report to members unless you need and have requested additional assistance. Please click here for full instructions.

Take a look at what's new in SHARE in November's SHARE Member Notes.

The Kit & Kaboodle program is now up and running! Do you need a kit? Select the Kit & Kaboodle tab in the menu or click here.

Voting Has Closed


SHARE needs members to vote to update our SHARE policies and procedures, to better serve our members and/or follow guidelines set by organizations such as the Illinois State Library, American Library Association, or the Library of Congress.

The proposed changes include:

Establishing or Changing SHARE Policies

Tiered Voting

cloudLibrary Fee Scale Change

Member comment is still available for proposed changes to both auto-renewal settings and minor policy changes. For more information, please see the member comment page. Thank you so much for your valuable input!

You may have heard that that there has been a concern from state representatives regarding library confidentiality. If you would like to follow the IHLS recommendation to change your hold pickup method, please follow the following instructions:

Hold pickup slips are formatted for libraries that allow patrons to pick up their own held items. These slips require a line mode receipt printer.