Lewis & Clark Library System works with many groups to complete our mission of advancing libraries in successfully serving the evolving needs of their communities.
Member Libraries–Our members are our lifeblood.
The Board–The board provides the governance for the Lewis & Clark Library System.
Illinois State Library–The Illinois State Library, a division of the Secretary of State’s Office, provides the funding for Illinois Library Systems with funds appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. The State Library administers the Illinois Library System Act (15 ILCS 320/7(c)) and promulgates the Administrative Rules for Illinois Library Systems. LCLS assists the State Library in achieving its mission by working closely with the communities within the LCLS service area to continue the development of library services. LCLS strives to meet or exceed the Standards for Multitype Systems published by the Illinois State Library.
Illinois Regional Multitype Library Systems–There are nine regional multitype Library Systems. These Systems exist to “encourage the improvement of free public libraries and to encourage cooperation among all types of libraries in promoting the sharing of library resources” (75 ILCS 10/1 Sec. 1). Illinois regional multitype Library Systems work collaboratively to provide services to libraries throughout Illinois. Each System relies on the others for expertise in specific areas. LCLS willingly shares expertise and knowledge with the other Systems.
Illinois Library Associations–These include the Illinois Library Association (ILA), Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA), Special Library Association of Illinois (SLA-IL), Illinois Academic College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), and others. LCLS supports the work of Illinois library associations by actively participating on boards and committees, promoting services and programs, and keeping open lines of communication between and with the Illinois library communities and the LCLS membership.