eRead Illinois Fee Structure

$250 base fee plus population fee plus 0.5% of library collection budget equals eRead Illinois membership fee

eRead Illinois includes the Cloud Library for SHARE members in Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and the Axis 360 shared collection for members of Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and IHLS members not in SHARE. The same fee structure applies to all libraries:

$250 base fee + population fee + collection budget fee = eRead Illinois membership fee

You may use the calculator on this page to get a quick estimate for your library, or request a quote from eRead Illinois staff.

Base Fee

There is a base annual participation fee of $250 for all libraries.

Population Fee

For libraries serving at least 1,000 users, there is an additional annual fee based on the population served:

Population Served

Population Fee

Less than 1,000


Libraries serving populations less than 1,000 pay only the $250 base fee (no population or collection budget component)



















90,000 and over


For each library type, population is defined as follows:

  • Public Library - Population residing in tax base. Please use latest IPLAR figure
  • Academic or School Library - Full-time equivalents (FTEs) where FTE includes faculty and students, but not support staff
  • Special Library - Full-time equivalents (FTEs) where FTE includes staff and affiliates served by the library and who are eligible to borrow materials

Collection Budget Fee

For libraries serving at least 1,000 users, there is an additional annual fee of 0.5% of the library collection budget. Your collection budget is the total budget for books, periodicals, audiovisual, CDs, and electronic resources.

Libraries with collection budgets over $2 million will be charged a collection budget fee of $10,000.

Axis 360 Considerations

The following applies only to RAILS libraries and non-SHARE IHLS libraries, for participation in the Axis 360 group:

Special Library - Only government and not-for-profit special libraries are eligible to participate in the Axis 360 shared collection

In addition, any library participating in eRead Illinois may purchase its own optional Axis 360 Unbound collection at a discount from Baker & Taylor. For details, please contact ereadillinois@railslibraries.info.

Ready to Join?

To begin signing up for eRead Illinois, send us a Membership Fee Request