Leadership. Empowerment. Access. Development. For Public Library Trustees.

Welcome to your iLEAD Learning Portal



Illinois is known for fostering solid and innovative services supporting public libraries. Strong libraries need collections, programming, access to technology, community engagement, and funding to succeed in the 21st century. To move from surviving to thriving, a public library requires a cohesive board aware of its legal and financial responsibilities, industry best practices, and how to work effectively with the library’s director. Crucially, a trustee, whether elected or appointed, must be able to put the needs of the library and the best interests of the whole community over their own.

The approximately 4,800 trustees in Illinois often assume their new roles without consistent training or a complete understanding of their legal requirements and duties. We created an easily accessible, ever-available, interactive online portal for trustee development that will provide consistent information, instruction, and guidance. This one-stop, in-depth, multi-layered resource will eliminate barriers while expanding the improved capabilities of individuals and boards, resulting in better library governance across the state.


Sign Up for an iLEAD Workshop!

Learn how the iLEAD Trustee Learning Portal can help public library board members shine in their roles. Register today for a workshop in your area! Click "Updates" in the top navigation bar to find a list of trainings taking place this spring across the state of...

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Effective February 1, 2024

Your one-stop resource for becoming the best Illinois Public Library Trustee you can be. LEAD with confidence by knowing the laws and best practices for serving your library community. Click here to create your account.              ...

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