Frequently Asked Questions

What is eRead Illinois?

eRead Illinois was initially funded by the Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library. The total grant amount awarded was $985,219 for the two-year project, which ran from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2015. The project is now self-sustaining through member fees paid by participating libraries.

eRead Illinois is

expanding e-book access across Illinois

providing training to increase expertise on e-books

exploring further opportunities for increasing access to e-books through collaboration with Illinois authors, libraries, publishers, and other organizations.


What e-book platforms are being used for eRead Illinois?

Two platforms are available:  Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 product for RAILS members and IHLS non-SHARE members, and the Cloud Library for IHLS SHARE members.

 

Who is eligible to participate in eRead Illinois?

The Axis 360 shared collection is open to RAILS and IHLS non-SHARE public, school, academic, and nonprofit special libraries..

Special libraries providing services to nonprofit, state governmental, or local governmental agencies can participate as long as they are only providing e-book access to employees or other qualified members. Baker & Taylor will not permit participation by corporate libraries and other for-profit entities.

The Cloud Library shared collection is only open to IHLS SHARE members (from all library types).

 

What is IHLS SHARE?

SHARE is a group of IHLS libraries that have joined together to form one automation consortia using the Polaris system. 

 

What is the Unbound program?

Baker & Taylor is offering discounted pricing for libraries that purchase their own Axis 360 collection in addition to participating in the shared Axis 360 collection. Baker & Taylor calls this their Unbound program. If a library has its own Axis 360 collection and also participates in the shared collection, it will appear to logged-in patrons as a single collection. The Unbound program allows libraries to purchase materials to meet local needs, such as additional copies, titles that may not be available in the shared collection due to publisher restrictions, and titles of local interest. Please contact ereadillinois@railslibraries.info for more information.

 

Since eRead Illinois is a statewide project, why are there two separate platforms?

The Cloud Library platform provides seamless authentication and access functionality with the Polaris system and was therefore selected by the IHLS SHARE group to provide e-book access through the eRead Illinois project. 

There is a more diverse automation landscape for RAILS and non-SHARE libraries, including four RAILS LLSAPs (or shared catalogs), independent consortia, standalone catalogs, and libraries that are not automated at all. There was a need to find an e-book platform that would work with this wide range of automation systems, and Baker & Taylor Axis 360 platform was selected.

 

When can libraries sign-up?

RAILS and non-SHARE member libraries are welcome to sign-up for eRead Illinois at any time. IHLS SHARE member libraries may sign up to start participation at the beginning of each month. Membership fees will be prorated. To request a quote for participation, please visit http://ereadillinois.com/become-member-library to complete a Fee Request Form.

 

What will it cost members to participate in the eRead Illinois grant project?

The eRead Illinois Advisory Committee worked diligently to create a fee structure that was fair, affordable, and sustainable. The membership fee has three elements:

  • a base membership fee of $250 per year,
  • a fee representing 0.5% of the library’s collection budget, and
  • a fee based on population.

Libraries serving populations less than 1,000 will pay only the $250/year membership fee and, participation agreements will operate on a fiscal-year basis.

For more information, including a form to request a customized quote for your library’s membership fee for the eRead Illinois shared collection, visit https://ereadillinois.com/become-member-library

 

How will titles be selected?

Each platform will continuously strive to provide a robust selection of titles to serve the diverse needs of member libraries.

For more information about the eRead Illinois collection development policy, please visit: https://ereadillinois.com/about/collection-policy.  

The Axis 360 collection also utilizes the help of guest selectors and title recommendations from participating libraries. For more information or to volunteer as a guest selector for the Axis 360 collection, please contact the eRead Illinois Axis 360 team (ereadillinois@railslibraries.info).


What devices are compatible?

A list of compatible devices for the Axis 360 platform can be found HERE.

Please contact ereadillinois@illinoisheartland.org for information about devices compatible with the Cloud Library.

 

Where can I find more information about eRead Illinois?

More information about eRead Illinois can be found at http://ereadillinois.com.

For more information about the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 platform: ereadillinois@railslibraries.info

For more information about the Cloud Library: ereadillinois@illinoisheartland.org