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Can't find what you're looking for at our library? Here are a couple of options to get the material you need.

Purchase Request

The library attempts to purchase materials you will be interested in, but sometimes we miss something. If you would like to request the purchase of a new item, please fill out the form. If it fits our materials selection policy, we will get it and notify you as soon as the item is available.

Interlibrary Loan

When a Bloomington Public Library cardholder wants material that is not available within Bloomington Public Library, we ask other agencies to provide it. This is the process of interlibrary loan.

You may now request Interlibrary Loans online. Please use the Interlibrary Loan form to begin your request.

The Bloomington Public Library will borrow and loan material to libraries in the United States. These items include books, magazine article photocopies, audio books on cassette, CD or MP3 that are older than one year, music on CD older than one year, and VHS tapes. DVDs & Blu-rays older than one year will be loaned and borrowed in-state only. The library will also borrow microfilm on request.

At this time, the library does not borrow text books or system games. Some items are difficult to borrow; these include, but are not limited to: new books, reference materials, and rare or fragile items.

Materials borrowed through interlibrary loan have a circulation period of two weeks. The ability to renew interlibrary loan items is determined by the lending library. DVD's have a no renewal policy.

Just as with regular library materials, customers are financially responsible for any damage or loss of interlibrary loan items, including fines when items are kept overdue. All overdue ILL materials will accrue fines at $1.00 a day per item, until material is returned.

Customers may have a maximum of 15 holds on their library card at any time. Interlibrary loan requests are treated as holds and count within this hold queue.

The service is free, but some libraries charge a fee to loan their materials. If that's the case, the customer is notified before obtaining the item.

Purchase Request

The library attempts to purchase materials you will be interested in, but sometimes we miss something. If you would like to request the purchase of a new item, please fill out the form below. If it fits our materials selection policy, we will get it and notify you as soon as the item is available. Please fill in as much information about your request as possible, including title, author, and format.

General Information Asterisk (*) denotes required field
email or phone #
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Check Out Desk Bookmobile
Your Requested Material
 
i.e., where you heard about the item, needed for book club, etc.

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Interlibrary Loan

Please search our catalog first.

You may also want to search WorldCat.

Who may use Interlibrary Loan

The Bloomington Public Library provides Interlibrary Loan service for customers living inside the Bloomington city limits, Old Town, Arrowsmith, Dale, Dawson, and Bloomington townships.

Please select a material type to begin:

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