Summer Reading is Underway!

Reading logs for kids, teens, and adults are available at the library, at Bookmobile stops, or can be printed from bit.ly/bplsrp2024. Prize information is also available at that same link. View our summer programs at bit.ly/bplsummerprograms. Library programs are always free!

Drive Up Window & Permanent Book Drop are now open!

Though façade work will not be completed until July, the new drive up and the permanent book drop are now open!
Those wanting to pick up hold items at the Drive-Up need to select ”Drive-Up” as the pickup library when placing the hold.
Items placed on hold for pickup at the Main Library will only be available inside the library.

Construction Progress

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New Bloomington Library sign lit up at night on the Olive Street entrance to the building

This collection of images shows the circulation department moving from the east side of the building into the newly renovated west side of the building.

Packing up the circulation work room.

 Packing up the outreach work room.

 Packing up the books shelved in the outreach work room.

Cleaning off the circulation workstations.

Emptying the shelves behind the circulation help desk where the Interlibrary loan books had been shelved.

Emptying the staff drawers behind the circulation help desk.

Melvin, the plush giraffe library mascot helping move items to the new circulation work room area on the newly opened west side of the building.

New circulation workstations empty but ready to have supplies moved into the space.

Machine that sorts material returned by patrons into departments is set up in the new circulation workroom space.

New place where patrons can feed returned materials into the sorting machine near the South East Street building entrance.

Melvin the plush giraffe library mascot standing by the new temporary circulation help desk station. Empty shelves that will hold the Interlibrary Loan holds is shown behind Melvin.

Staff moving the patron held items to the new shelves on the west side of the building.

Image of a seating area in the new adult services area

This collection of images shows the circulation department moving from the east side of the building into the newly renovated west side of the building.

Moving Adult Services desk out of the old area and into the west side of the building

Adult Services Desk and Supplies stacked together and ready to be moved to new location.

Adult Services Cabinet Supplies moved to new location and ready to be sorted.

Empty bookshelves and tables in the new west side area of the building.

New Adult Services Computer Area being set up on the west side of the building.

Shelves and the new computer stations being set up in the Adult Services area on the west side of the building.

Adult Services shelves being filled with books as unpacking happens.

 Adult Services shelves being filled with books as unpacking happens.

Large Print books on their new shelves.

Teen books being packed onto carts so they can be moved to the new area on the west side of the building.

Teen books sitting in a new area of the library until they can be placed on their new shelves.

Teen shelved in the new area on the 2nd floor.

CDs and Audiobooks shelved area

This collection of images shows the DVD, CDs, and Audiobooks moving from the east side of the building into the newly renovated west side of the building.

Empty area where the DVD shelves used to sit.

 Empty area where the Audiobooks and CD shelves used to sit.

Boxes of packed audiobooks ready to be shelved.

DVD shelves being rebuilt in the new west side area.

Items being shelved near the new DVD area.

DVD shelves all filled and ready for the building to open to the public.

Entrance to the childrens department with a book display, stuffed giraffe and giraffe artwork

This collection of images shows the children's department moving from the east side of the building into the newly renovated west side of the building.

Staff moving items out of the Children’s Services work room.

Setting up supplies and discarding empty boxes in the new Children’s Services area.

Empty shelves in the new Children’s Services department ready for material.

New self-stand checkout stations

This collection of images shows the Information Technology department moving from the east side of the building into the newly renovated west side of the building.

IT staff moving computers from the administration area so they can be set up in the new offices.

The 3D printing equipment moved to the new IT staff work room.

New material check out stations being set up and tested in the IT staff work room before they are set up in the new space.

Quiet room for patrons to work on laptops or other things in a space with reduced noise.

This collection of images shows a variety of images moving from the east side of the building into the newly renovated west side of the building.

Construction happening on the first floor near the stairs and elevator.

Construction finishing up on the 2nd floor near the Olive Street entrance.

Staff taking down the Book Club Kit shelve that stood in a back hallway in the staff area.

Book Club Kits moved to their new shelving in the Adult Services staff workroom.

Construction equipment moving to the east side of the building so that Phase 2 construction can start.

Construction still continues in the Community rooms.

Construction crews tests the new community room wall dividers. The image shows the wall between Community room 1 and 2 partially slid out.

 

 


 

SE Street view of the 3rd floor expansion of the building

This collection of images shows the progress made on the South East Street and Olive Street area of the building to add a third floor to the library.

3rd Floor Expansion

3rd Floor Expansion

3rd Floor Expansion on the corner of Olive Street and SE Street

Back view of 3rd Floor Expansion on Olive Street

Parking lot along E Jackson Street before construction begins

These images show the progress of construction to make the split level parking lot located on E. Jackson Street. 

Prairie Street view of the construction on the parking lot

Prairie Street view of the construction on the parking lot

Prairie Street view of the construction on the parking lot

Corner of Prairie Street and E Jackson Street view of the construction on the parking lot

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Here is a view of construction happening on the S. East Street side of the library. The staircase is shown being torn down as the building expands into the previous overhang area used for parking.

Construction workers getting to the roof.

Staircase teardown

The beginning of 3 support structures to make the 3rd floor of offices.

Structural Support Drilling

View inside one support structure.

Structural Support Drilling

Side view of the back pillar structure.

Structural Support Drilling

New window installation on first floor of the building facing East Jackson St.

Structural Support Drilling

A Crane moving construction items up to the roof on the west side of the building.

Staircase teardown

The image below shows an inside look of the build staircase being torn down.

Staircase teardown

The image below shows progress being made to expand the building through the previous overhang parking area.

Overhang expansion work

The image below shows the machine used to drill underground to add support structures.

Structural Support Drilling

Construction on Corner of South East Street and Olive Street

In this area we see construction work happening along the Olive Street and S. East Street corner of the library building. This area is adjacent to the existing library patio. 

The image below shows the construction of the base of the building being expanded toward Olive Street.

Exterior View of Olive Street building expansion

The image below shows the progress made on the expanded area.

Interior view of the adult services staff workroom

The image below shows the concrete encasement of the expanded portion of the building.

Interior view of IT offices

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Moving inside the library, here are images of the progress being made on the second floor. The Adult Services department will remain located on the second floor.

Doorway to the community room on the 2nd floor.

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View inside the new community room as walls go up.

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Another look into the new community room.

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The image below shows progress in the Adult Services area.

Interior view of construction in the Adult services area

The image below shows the progress made on the Adult Services workroom where staff while have their desks.

Interior view of the adult services staff workroom

The image below shows the Information Technologies staff offices being constructed.

Interior view of IT offices

Concept Art of South East Street Side of Building

Floor plans of all three renovated levels of the library are available. The left side of the images align with S. East Street, the bottom side of the images align with the parking lot and E. Jackson Street. The right side of the images align with S. Prairie Street, and the top side of the images align with Olive Street.

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Thank you for your interest in Donating to Bloomington Library! 

Unrestricted monetary contributions from individuals, families, businesses, and community organizations help the library maintain and expand collections, services, and programs.

  • Donate Online
    • Make a donation to the Bloomington Public Library Foundation using your credit or debit card.

 

  • Donate via check
    (donating via check eliminates service fees)
    • Make your check out to Bloomington Public Library Foundation
    • Bring the check to the Circulation Desk or mail it to:

      Bloomington Public Library Foundation
      205 E. Olive St.
      Bloomington, IL 61701