Join us for a focus group on making the library catalog better!

About SWAN
Your library is a member of SWAN (System Wide Automated Network), a nonprofit that serves 78 libraries throughout the Chicagoland area in Illinois.
By working together, these libraries are able to share an online public access catalog with more than 8 million items available to patrons. (This is the website you see when you’re browsing books, DVDs, and more to check out from the library.)
We’re hosting four different focus groups on Monday, July 10 at Frankfort Public Library and on Tuesday, July 11 at Eisenhower Public Library.
Our focus groups have filled to the maximum number of participants, so we have closed the sign-up form.
Thanks for your interest in helping to make the library catalog better! We look forward to implementing the feedback we receive.

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.