K-12 Content Grant

RAILS has received a $125,000 grant for the purchase of K-12 e-content for the eRead Illinois Axis 360 collection.


Where are the funds coming from?

RAILS received the grant through the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State as part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).

How long is the grant period?

The grant period starts December 1, 2020 and runs through September, 2021. Our goal is to complete purchasing materials by the end of May, 2021.

Why K-12 materials?

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need for reading materials that can be accessed remotely by school-aged students. Since the pandemic began in March, more than 70 school libraries have joined the eRead Illinois Axis 360 shared collection. 

How will you choose/select items?

We will select materials with the help of Baker & Taylor’s collection development experts, by looking at high demand items, and also by accepting suggestions from our member libraries.

Can I make suggestions?

Yes! Staff from eRead Illinois member libraries are invited to submit suggestions for the collection (login required). Submitting a collection request does not guarantee inclusion in the eRead Illinois Axis 360 collection.