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Ages for Library Cards

Children: birth through age 11
Teens: ages 12 – 16
Adults: ages 17 and older

Cardholder Responsibilities
Your library card has been issued to you based on information provided by you. It should only be used by you. You are responsible for the following:
  • The return, in good condition, of all of the materials borrowed.
  • Payment of fees incurred for any damaged, or lost materials.
  • Reporting a lost or stolen library card immediately. Library cards may be replaced for $2.
  • All charges posted to the card until it is reported lost or stolen.
  • Promptly reporting any changes in name, address, phone number, or email address.
  • All charges on the card as the result of lending the card or library materials to another person.
  • Parents or guardians of a library cardholder have agreed to be responsible for the above on their child's card. It is important to be sure the child is aware of these responsibilities.
Lost or Stolen Cards

If your library card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately to the Circulation Department at 309-828-6092. You are responsible for any items checked out or fees accrued on your card until it has been reported to the Library as lost or stolen.


If you provide your email address, the Library will send you courtesy notices of hold items that are available to check out, items due in 2 days, and items overdue. For items that are considered lost (overdue for more than 28 days), you will receive a notice in the mail.


Bloomington Public Library no longer charges overdue fines on items returned late. Read more on our Fine Free FAQs page.


Due dates are listed on your checkout receipt which you can print or email to yourself.

Items not returned within 28 days of their due date will be assumed lost and the account assessed a replacement fee plus a $5 processing fee for the item. Accounts with fees over $50 may be referred to collections.

Damaged Items

An item missing one or more pieces or damaged beyond repair will be placed back on your account, and we will try to contact you. If the situation has not been resolved within 28 days of the return of the item, your account will be assessed a fee for the missing piece(s) or damage, and in some cases, the entire cost of the item, plus a $5 processing fee.

If an item is damaged beyond repair, your account will be assessed the cost of the item, plus a $5 processing fee. A damaged item that is paid for within 60 days will become the property of the customer. After 60 days, the account will be charged, and the item will be discarded.

The Library does not accept replacement items as substitution for lost, damaged, or incomplete items.