- Laptop Checkout
- Digital Media Lab
The Library has computers available to the public for Internet and word processing use. Computers are equipped with a web browser, and Microsoft Office products. Computer use at the Library is free, but limited to 120 minutes (2 hours) per day per person. Those wishing to use computers must have a valid library card.
Equipment for Small Businesses/Entrepreneurs
Thanks to a Business and Libraries Working Together Grant, Bloomington Public Library is able to circulate the following business equipment to local small business owners and entrepreneurs.
- BenQ Digital Projector MW512
- Kodak Play Sport Video Camera
- Sales and Marketing Pro & Business Plan Pro software
- Zeiko's 59" Tripod
- Mustang Digital Projection Screen
- Multimedia Headsets (2)
- Motorola Xoom Tablet
These materials can be borrowed at the Library's upper level Adult Reference Desk. A library card and a photo ID are required. The packages include equipment, software, training videos, and books.
SBA's funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Internet Accessible Computers
- The Library provides Windows-based computers for customer use for up to 120 minutes (2 hours) per day.
- A library card in good standing or an ecard is required to use the computers. Information about library cards can be found here.
- Ecards can be obtained at any service desk with a current photo ID. Ecards allow usage of computers, and laptops, and cannot be used to check out materials.
- Customers 17 and older use the Adult Services computers. Teens ages 12 to 18 can choose a laptop in teenZone or a desktop in Adult Services. Children age 11 and under use computers in Children's Services.
- Computers and wifi shut down 15 minutes prior to closing. The last computer appointment each day can be made about 25 minutes prior to closing.
- The library complies with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) by filtering all library internet access.
- Information about printing can be found here.
Library Catalog & Online Resources
- Several workstations with the library catalog and online resources are available. A library card is not required, and there are no time limits
- When sending your print command, you will see a box that shows how many pages you need to pay for
- If the library is busy and people are waiting to use the catalog workstations, we ask that you limit your time on the available online resources
- Library staff will be happy to search the catalog for you or show you how get started if you need assistance
Expectations for Use
- Persons using the Library workstations are expected to comply with the Bloomington Public Library's Internet Policy and posted Expectations of Persons Using the Library
- Damaging or altering workstation hardware or software are prohibited
- Users are expected to comply with copyright and database licensing agreements and to respect the privacy of other users
- Users who do not comply with library policy will lose access to library computer workstations and may be asked to leave the Library
- The hard drive on each computer will be deleted after each session so no information can be saved to the hard drive. Computer users are encouraged to bring a USB flash drive or CD-R to save their information
- USB drives can be purchased at the Adult Services desk for $9.75
- The Library is not responsible for any damage or loss of data that results from the use of the Library's equipment or software
- Customers are not allowed to load their own software onto the Library workstations
- Library staff will provide assistance but are not able to provide extensive training on the use of the computers or software. For assistance in using our computers & software we suggest:
- You bring someone with you who can assist you during your computer reservation
- You make an appointment with one of the Adult Services Staff. Fill in the appointment form, or ask a staff person to do so for you.
Programs available on public workstations
- Microsoft Office 2010 - Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and Powerpoint
- Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox
- Microsoft Silverlight
- Adobe Reader XI
- Mavis Beacon Typing
- Bloomington Public Library is pleased to offer a laptop service to Library customers
- Laptops are available from the Adult Service Desk for customers age 17 and older, and from teenZone for customers ages 12-18. Laptops may be used inside the library only.
- Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis
- Laptops can be reserved through the Envisionware software
- Customers are only allowed to borrow one laptop at a time for a 120-minute period (2 hours) per day
- Wireless printing is available from laptops at the current rates for public computers (15 cents per page in black & white, 50 cents per page in color)
- Customers must use headphones (not supplied) for any application using sound on the laptops
- Earbuds can be purchased at the Adult Services Desk for $1.50
- The laptops are for use only in the Bloomington Public Library and may not be removed from the building
- All laptops contain remote tracking hardware and software that allow the Bloomington Police Department to locate them offsite. If a laptop is taken out of the Library, the Bloomington Police Department will be notified and the incident will be considered a theft of Library property
- Customers may not install software on the laptops
- Customers may not alter, delete, or copy any software loaded on the laptop or change its existing configuration
- Customers are responsible for any damage or loss to the laptop and accessories that result from accident, theft, misuse, or neglect while the laptop is checked out to them
- Customers are expected to report any loss or damage of the laptop or accessories to the Adult Services Desk or the teenZone desk
The Bloomington Public Library is a Wi-Fi hotspot. Most users can simply bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer or other wireless device to the library and turn it on. The computer will automatically recognize the wireless network. However, everyone's computer is different and you are responsible for knowing how to configure your own equipment. The Library cannot be responsible for any changes you make to your computer's settings.
Wireless users agree to abide by the Library's policy, which prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library's Internet service. The Library's Internet filter cannot be turned off when using the wireless service.
Wireless printing is available. Click here for details.
When sending your print command, you'll see a box that shows how many pages you need to pay for. Printing fees are:
- 15 cents per Black & White page
- 50 cents per Color page
If you have any questions or problems with the printing system, just ask a librarian at the Reference Desk for assistance.
The Bloomington Public Library has a Digital Media Lab!
The state-of-the-art Lab contains a large display Apple Macintosh computer with the newest version of iOS and iLife, Adobe's Creative Suite 6 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Fireworks, and Bridge), and Apple's flagship video editor Final Cut Pro X. The lab also contains a Wacom drawing tablet, a scanner, a photo scanner, a VCR connected for video importing, and a USB Microphone.
To reserve the Media Lab, contact the Reference Desk
at 309-828-6093 or email .
These powerful tools can have a bit of a learning curve for new users. In order to assist you, the lab has a collection of application-specific books available, as well as this database of instructional videos. To find a video, go to the media lab blog. On the blog, search video topics using keywords in the search bar at the top of the page, or browse the topics located in the sidebar to the left. If you are unable to find a solution, please send an email to with the name of the software, type of project, and short description of the problem. New videos will be added periodically to help with these issues. Additionally, feel free to look through the media lab manual here.