Due to budgetary constraints at the state level, library systems throughout Illinois are experiencing delays in receiving appropriated funds. One such system is the DuPage Library System (DLS), which the Itasca Community Library relies on for interlibrary loan services. The delivery of books and other library materials may come into jeopardy if funding to Illinois library systems is not reinstated by the state.
DLS delivered more than 1.9 million items in FY 2010. If member libraries were to use the United Postal Service to delivers these materials, the cost would have exceeded $3.7 million. DLS will operate through June 2011 by tapping into reserve funds. At the same time, as other library systems suspend services, DLS may not be able to acquire materials outside of its own system.
For interlibrary loan services to continue, it is important that you, the patron, contact state legislators and the Governor’s Office to express support for Illinois libraries. Enter your zip code here to learn how to contact your elected officials.