Bloomington Library will be CLOSED Monday-Thursday, May 20-23.

The Bookmobile will make its stops during these closures. The Bookmobile schedule is available at

  • Monday’s English Conversation Group will meet at STAR Literacy (201 E. Grove St.)
  • Tuesday’s Fiction Book Club will meet online via Zoom. Visit to register for this program and receive the Zoom link.

This closure will allow us to continue to unbox 107,000 books (which were moved to storage when our construction project began) and to shelve 262,000 books. Some collections and areas of the library will not be available until the library reopens on Friday, May 24.

During open hours leading up to the closure, call 309.590.6120 or text 309.446.8398 with questions.

The Skinny on the Scanties

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Online Program

Age Group:

Adult, Teens
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Program Description

The Skinny on the Scanties:
A History of Women's Underwear

In Partnership with the 2021 Cogs and Corsets Steampunk Festival, join Susan Hartzold, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the McLean County Museum of History, for a fascinating, illustrated program about what gets put on underneath women’s clothes! Have you ever wondered about the history, purpose, and meaning of women's undergarments?  Well, here's your chance to get a revealing peek at what's been worn beneath female outer garments through the centuries and the not so hidden meanings they sometimes communicated.

Registration is required and can be completed at registration, you'll receive a Zoom link to this online program. If you need assistance with registration, contact the Library's Adult Services Desk at 309.590.6168.


The Cogs & Corsets festival takes place throughout six square blocks of historic Downtown Bloomington. This area is home to over 90 shops, galleries, and restaurants… many in historic buildings with ties to Abraham Lincoln. The galleries will be featuring local artists’ new work and even hosting visiting artists whose pieces exude that Steampunk vibe. The McLean County Museum of History will once again play a key role in the Festival.
Save the date: June 4, 2021.