is a partnership between RAILS and BiblioLabs, LLC to bring all Illinois libraries and residents resources to self-publish e-books, and access to collections of independently-published e-books by local authors. is all about sharing and supporting local authors and our creative communities, as well as providing access to these resources and tools to everyone in Illinois. Users can:

  • create books using Pressbooks software.  
  • share their works for potential inclusion in the online Indie Illinois collection or Library Journal's Indie Author Project Select collections of e-books.
  • read e-books by independently published local authors.

RAILS provides these services without fees to libraries or residents, as part of our tax-supported services and as a pillar of our e-content strategy. For an additional, discounted cost, libraries can subscribe to Creator, a self-publishing tool for unique content, such as digital portfolios, albums from local musicians, and pictures and books from local archives. See the RAILS Deals and Discounts page for more information (login required).

Help Local Authors and the BiblioBoard Library can be used to: 

  • give local authors and creators an outlet to format and publish their books.
  • provide access to self-published materials by local authors.
  • support your library's writing groups.
  • enhance your library's programs and author events.
  • create shared reading and writing experiences.
  • enable open educational resource (OER) creation.
  • curate community collections using the Creator module.

Help Teachers and Students and the BiblioBoard Library can be used to: 

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