The Lewis & Clark Library System’s Courier Services transports library material between the member libraries. The goal of the Courier Service is to facilitate the efficient and effective interchange of library resources among Illinois libraries. Each year, we track miles driven, stops made, material volume carried, and delivery costs, check out the latest annual delivery numbers for LCLS.
In addition to providing delivery, LCLS employees sort all incoming and outgoing material between member libraries as well as other libraries throughout Illinois. LCLS also serves as an ILDS (Illinois Library Delivery Service) direct stop. The ILDS is the interface that links the regional library delivery systems together to promote the efficient transfer of library material statewide.
The Lewis & Clark Library System has daily routes for Monday through Friday covering our 11 county area in south central Illinois. We have developed some tips and guidelines for ensuring a smooth delivery operation, including allowable materials in delivery.
Our courier staff is committed to providing the best and most cost effective service to our member libraries. If you have questions or comments concerning the courier service, please contact Brook Weber at 618.656.3216, ext 112 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Determining the Number of Delivery Stops per Week: The number of delivery stops per week for individual member libraries is determined by volume.
Libraries receive delivery at the frequencies below based on delivery statistics from FY2010. Each delivery supervisor has discretion to add a 5th delivery day to alleviate workflow concerns. Alternative delivery methods include traditional delivery, mail, and other delivery provider.
- 400+ items dropped off/delivered per week 4 days
- 399-200 items dropped off/delivered per week 3 days
- 199-50 items dropped off/delivered per week 2 days
- Less than 50 items dropped off/delivered per week alternative delivery method
We are frequently asked about the number of items per tub or bag. Periodically we do random counts to determine the average number of items in a full tub, full bag, partial tub and partial bag. Our current averages are full tub, 29 items; partial tub, 12; full bag, 19; partial bag, 12.