Who We Are:

CCS is a group of 26 public libraries in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago that share a database for circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, interlibrary loan and an online public access catalog. CCS libraries are currently using the Polaris ILS from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

What we offer:

  • A web-based catalog with easy, graphical navigation ability to search the catalog of any single CCS library or the entire group of libraries
  • Enhanced content including book jackets, summaries, reviews, tables of contents, bestseller lists, e-resources and a social networking forum
  • Allows libraries to customize the appearance of the catalog and choose available resources for their users.
  • Remote access for searching, placing holds, renewals, viewing user accounts and paying fines
  • Quick, easy access to a wide array of resources in a shared database context for selection decisions
  • Authority control
  • A common user file that decreases duplicate registration and increases the ability to track problems
  • Quick turnaround and delivery of materials through interlibrary loan
  • Dollar stretching and cost savings through sharing
  • Consulting expertise at no extra charge
  • On site visits by a trainer or other staff
  • Cooperative training
  • Database management
  • Membership in NACO (a national authorities cooperative group)
  • An integrated acquisitions system
  • Reduced costs through distributed cataloging efforts and shared OCLC costs
  • Full-time operations staff