Libraries and Property Tax Freeze Dead for 2017

Senate Bill (SB) 851, the property tax freeze proposal, is dead for this year. While it did pass out of the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 75-32-1, it was not filed or voted upon in the Illinois Senate. Please click here for the roll call and then contact your Illinois House of Representative. Thank them for their consideration of SB 851 whether they voted for or against it and please remind them that if a similar bill arises again, please vote NO. If you have forgotten your representative’s name, phone number, or email, please click here.

Use the same four talking points against any property tax freeze bill:

  1. I’m calling to urge you to vote against a property tax freeze bill, which will hurt our state’s libraries.
  2. Unlike elementary schools, community colleges, state universities, and cities which are supported by federal and state funds, and local property taxes, public libraries rely overwhelmingly on property taxes as the source of revenue used to pay for operations and personnel costs.
  3. If this bill becomes law, library hours and weekend program offerings could be reduced or eliminated, and after-school programs that are necessary may no longer exist.
  4. Libraries have always been places where families and students can invest in themselves—state government should not cap the amount of resources that our community desires to invest in them.

Thank you all for calling your elected officials and getting SB 851 defeated. Congratulations!

Property Tax Freeze Bill Will Hurt Libraries: Call Legislators Today!

Senate Bill 851, the property tax freeze bill, could severely hurt Illinois libraries. The Illinois House is scheduled to vote on the freeze today. It is critical that you contact your legislators immediately to urge them to vote against the bill. View the Illinois Library Association’s (ILA) e-newsletter article for talking points and a link to legislators names and phone numbers. The Illinois General Assembly is in their second week of a veto session, and therefore legislators must be called at their Springfield offices.

19 Libraries Joining SWAN in 2018

The following 19 libraries will be joining the SWAN network in April and May of 2018. We appreciate the consideration and care the library leadership and staff took in selecting SWAN to create one of the largest library consortium in the US.

Batavia Public Library District
Bensenville Community Public Library District
Bensenville Elementary School District #2
Bloomingdale Public Library
Carol Stream Public Library
Geneva Public Library District
Glen Ellyn Public Library
Itasca Community Library
Kaneville Public Library District
Messenger Public Library of North Aurora
National University of Health Sciences
Oak Brook Public Library
Saint Charles Public Library District
Sugar Grove Public Library District
Theosophical Society in America
Town and Country Public Library District
Villa Park Public Library
West Chicago Public Library District
Wood Dale Public Library District


SWAN Moves to New Location

Since its origin in 1974, SWAN has had a place in the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) Burr Ridge office. This close-knit community has received the benefit of RAILS’ support for everything from financial grants to resource sharing, expertise of RAILS staff, and a place to call home.

In 2016, as a step towards SWAN’s continued strategic operational independence, a lease and build-out agreement were signed and a new facility is finally ready for our staff and membership. We’ve moved in and are excited to share that our new address is:

System Wide Automated Network
800 Quail Ridge Drive
Westmont, IL 60559


SWAN staff are thrilled about the new building, especially the large windows to let in plenty of natural light. We’ve also built out our office to accommodate flexible scheduling, meaning that staff may be working from the building or off location, and there are flex offices to save and share space.


Staff are also able to look out upon a (frozen) pond and we’re located right next to a beautiful forest preserve.


Earlier this month, RAILS threw a going-away party for SWAN staff to celebrate our long history together, as well as wish us luck moving forward in our organization’s future. SWAN has been incredibly fortunate to work alongside RAILS for so long, and we loved the variety of swan cakes and decorations. Check out this coconut cake and this buttercream frosting confection!

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SWAN has had a very busy 2016, and we’re looking forward to this coming year and our continued mission of improving library services to our membership. We hope RAILS and SWAN members, as well as others in the library community, will stop by soon to say hello.