We are delighted that heritage organizations across the world find our tools useful. Along with a few Canadian institutions outside Ontario, we have a group of libraries in Illinois working to build individual and collaborative search portals for their digitized materials.

Way back, even before we were Knowledge Ontario, we got started with our first Illinois members, the Algonquin Area Public Library District and the Wilmette Public Library.

Now we’re up to six contributors, with the addition this month of the Downers Grove Public Library and the Highland Park Public Library. These organizations are working to get their local newspapers digitized and searchable, in the collaborative Illinois Newspapers portal.

Individually, these organizations have made exhibits, research essays, and other collections available:


  • Cook Memorial has used our exhibits module to present a digitized version of an essay about growing up in Libertyville in the 1930s and ’40s. They’ve supplemented it with period-appropriate photographs.

Screenshot from Libertyville essay




We love the collaborative regional work these libraries are doing. We hope you enjoy exploring these Illinois records!