Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)

Consolidating resources, enhancing functionality, and streamlining the user experience for libraries and patrons across Illinois


Academic, public, school, and special library agencies in northern and west-central Illinois

Special Features:
Drupal 7

Drupal 7

Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), the largest library consortium in Illinois, needed help moving their current member sites to a more robust platform and streamlining services for site users and member libraries. The organization’s ample resources had the potential to help libraries across the state collaborate and innovate, but their outdated platform and inconsistent workflows and organization were holding them back. 

A high-powered platform for sharing and collaboration

We created a new and centralized CMS with a purpose-driven design to empower RAILS members to do more with their membership and shared resources. We built advanced web functions that help member libraries to share ideas and expertise about staff training, event marketing, and industry trends, and to pool resources for strategic goals. Our team also developed a powerful member intranet, which is tied together by advanced search capability that integrates with six different sites and enables deep search even within PDF documents. The results feed into a clear and user-friendly display so every resource is at your fingertips. 

The revamped RAILS system strategically drives members toward key functionalities and information that empower librarians, teachers, students, and readers throughout the state of Illinois. 

Success factors 

  • Consolidation of multiple sites and resources into a single CMS
  • Advanced search capabilities
  • User-friendly navigation and interface