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Library Crawl 2022

October 1-31, 2022 Explore Illinois Libraries

The 1st Library Crawl was started by the Bethalto Public Library District in 2019 to encourage library patrons to find out about a major benefit of having a library card–the millions of items in public libraries throughout Illinois that they can access.

That first year, 28 libraries from the Metro East area near St. Louis participated. Now the Library Crawl has grown to include 125 libraries from all over central and southern Illinois. All of the participating libraries are members of the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) – which helps us cooperate and share with each other.

IHLS is one of three library systems in Illinois. IHLS has 227 public, 235 school, 30 academic, and 29 special member libraries. They also oversee the courier service that allows delivery vans to bring materials back and forth between all of us.

For the librarians, the best part of this event is meeting the bibliophiles/book nerds/library lovers who come to visit during the Library Crawl. We know you’ll enjoy each and every destination!