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!
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.
The Franklin Park Public Library District is the newest member of the SWAN community, joining 78 other libraries in promoting resource-sharing and accessing a collective library catalog of more than 8 million items.
Becoming a SWAN member library also means that patrons have a host of different ways to interact with their library accounts: Franklin Park patrons can use their library cards at any of SWAN’s locations and check out materials, select items from the catalog to have delivered to their home library, or can choose to have their items delivered to a member library of their choice (known as “Pick Up Anywhere”).
In addition, patrons can receive email, text, phone, or print notifications about their account, as well as receive these notifications in their language preference, like English, Spanish, Polish, and more.
Being a part of the SWAN community means promoting library accessibility and usability to fit every patron’s unique needs. SWAN is always striving to improve service to our members, and is excited to welcome Franklin Park Public Library District.
Lansing Public Library patrons can expect to see a much larger collection of materials in their catalog today—about 8 million items are now available to the Lansing community, as well as new ways to access and interact with your library account.
The changes come as Lansing Public Library goes live within the SWAN library consortium and becomes its newest member to enjoy the benefits of participating in the 79-library community.
However, Lansing is no stranger to SWAN, having been one of the original nine libraries to come together in the spirit of resource-sharing back in March 1974. The other eight libraries include Alsip, Dolton, Eisenhower, Elmhurst, Harvey, Northlake, Oak Park, and Park Forest.
As a member today, Lansing patrons can use their library cards at any of SWAN’s locations and check out materials, select items from the catalog to have delivered to their home library, or can choose to have their items delivered to a member library of their choice (known as “Pick Up Anywhere”).
Patrons can also receive email, text, phone, or print notifications about their account, as well as receive these notifications in their language preference (English, Spanish, Polish, and more).
SWAN promotes library accessibility and usability to fit every patron’s unique needs, and is always striving to improve service to our members. As Lansing patrons are getting used to their new library accounts, these short video tutorials may be helpful.