You may recall that last year the North Suburban Library System (NSLS), of which Highland Park is a member, was nearly shut down by the lack of state funding. Everything but the most essential services - notably, interlibrary loan - was cut.
Other library systems in Illinois, facing the same budgetary issues, pooled resources with NSLS on July 1st to create RAILS: the Reaching Across Illinois Library System. Composed of the now-defunct Alliance Library System (ALS), DuPage Library System (DLS), Metropolitan Library System (MLS), North Suburban Library System (NSLS), and Prairie Area Library System (PALS), RAILS now serves more than 3,700 libraries over 27,000 square miles.
How does this affect you? Service levels will remain the same as before July 1st, so there is no service interruption! You can read more about RAILS on their website.