Jesse White promotes eRead Illinois program

Online Staff Report

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White (D) has announced that patrons of libraries that have joined the eRead Illinois program will have access to thousands of digital books, or “ebooks,” through their computers, tablets and mobile devices with a valid library card.

The eRead Illinois website at is available to approximately 300 member libraries within the regional library service organizations of Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS).

Technology has become a mainstay in our everyday lives,” White said. “This program is critical in helping libraries evolve into the digital age. Giving people the option to check out and read books on their tablets or mobile devices allows library services to remain relevant and readily available to our patrons.”

A grant provided by the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library to RAILS and IHLS allows library patrons access to thousands of ebooks. eRead Illinois features new releases and popular titles in adult, young adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction. Some of the ebooks are available in Spanish.

eRead Illinois offers text tools on ebooks to allow the user to highlight words and adjust the font size and color scheme. Some ebooks include text-to-speech or studio narration. The digital media and delivery software platforms are fully ADA-compliant and have been developed to work with the leading screen-reader technologies and refreshable Braille displays.

All Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) patrons have access to eRead Illinois through their TBBS registration; these patrons may check with their reader’s adviser or visit for more information.

To access the eRead Illinois collection, patrons must have a valid library card from a library that subscribes to the program. For more about eRead Illinois or to check if your local library is a member, visit or e-mail

Posted June 6, 2014

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