About Find More Illinois

Find More Illinois aims to expand resource sharing and facilitate discovery and interlibrary loan for Illinois libraries and their patrons. It provides a single discovery interface that draws from the online catalogs of participating libraries.

Reaching Across Illinois Library System began researching this project in 2013 and initially called it an overlay project to emphasize that the goal is to expand resource sharing by connecting, not replacing, existing integrated library systems.

Find More Illinois has been in the pilot project stage, but is now open for participation by other libraries. Interested libraries can learn more at upcoming in-person presentations and shorter webinars. (The webinars only show if you are logged into Library Learning.)


Find More Illinois enables

  • Seamless discovery and delivery for patrons: find it, click it, get it
    • Fast and easy to use from anywhere
    • No need to re-enter searches
  • Better interlibrary loan service, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for libraries
    • Self-service for patrons reluctant to ask for interlibrary loan help
    • Reduction in staff time and effort
    • Lower‐cost alternative to OCLC for libraries that want one
  • Support for reciprocal borrowing service (to be developed)

The SHAREit software being used for Find More Illinois also includes the ability for cataloging staff to search and download bibliographic (MARC) records and for nonautomated libraries to participate in resource sharing by attaching their holdings to the appropriate bibliographic records in the union catalog. 

Library Participation

Anyone can search the Find More Illinois union catalog, but only patrons and staff of participating libraries are able to place interlibrary loan requests.

Beginning in fall 2018, participation is open to any interested library of any type—academic, public, school, or special. Participation is voluntary, not required.


Searching Find More Illinois is free. There are fees for libraries that want to use the interlibrary loan features; see the Join tab for cost information and to request a quote.

Pilot libraries will not be charged through February 2019, as they are contributing staff time for the feedback and reporting needed for the pilot.


Need More Information?

See the documents below and the Find More Illinois research page, or contact Jane Plass, RAILS Associate Executive Director.