Holds, Checkouts & Renewals

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You may place holds on library materials:

Please be aware the there are some limitations on placing holds:

Holds Notification/Pickup:

Check Out Limits

Your library card allows you to have up to 50 items checked out from Bloomington Public Library with the following limits:

Limit Item Type
10 Audiobooks
2 Book Club Kits
2 Children's Learning Kits
10 Magazines
20 CDs
10 DVDs*
10 Children's DVDs*
10 Blu-Rays*
10 Children's Blu-Rays*
2 Video Games/Software

*The Bookmobile limits the number of DVDs and Blu-Rays that can be checked out at one time to ten (10).

Check Out Lengths

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

Item Type 1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks
Books     X
Audiobooks     X
CDs     X
Bookmobile Items     X
New Fiction   X  
Magazines   X  
DVD, Blu-Ray & VHS X    
Video Games/Software X    
Children's Learning Kit X    
Most Wanted X    

Longer Loan Periods:

Returning Materials

Please return borrowed materials promptly so others may enjoy them. Materials should be returned by closing time on the date shown on your receipt. Materials returned after the Library closes will not be checked in until the next day that the Library is open. If you lose your receipt, you may view your due dates by accessing your account online.

During regular library hours, it is best to return library materials at the Return Station near the Check Out Desk. Materials may also be returned on the Bookmobile. Please make sure all pieces of the item are included before you return an item. Incomplete items may not be accepted for return.

Bloomington Public Library has drive-up book drops located near the Library's entrance. They are intended for use during times when the Library is closed. Customers need to make sure all items have dropped inside the book drop, and should not use the book drop if it is full.

You may return materials to other Illinois libraries, but the material will remain checked out on your account until it is received by the Bloomington Public Library.

Automatic renewals apply to all Bloomington Public Library items which are eligible for renewal:

Setting or Using your password:

Bloomington Library has made a change to better protect your library card account. You will need both your library card and your password to check out materials and to access your account online.

Not sure what your password is? If you haven't personalized it, try the last 4 digits fo your phone number.

You may change your password any time by logging into your account at the Library's website, www.bloomingtonlibrary.org. The instructions follow:

If you have any questions, please ask at a public service desk during your next library visit or call one of these departments: