Connecting Libraries to Strengthen Communities

One hundred thirty-seven libraries in Illinois share an integrated library automation system known as PrairieCat. By sharing the cost of central site equipment, computer and database maintenance staff, and telecommunications, libraries of all sizes (including public, academic, school and special) have found it possible to join the consortium and to realize the advantages of automated resource sharing.

Principal Consortial Functions
Cataloging services
Collections sharing
Union lists/shared online catalogs