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The Library remains closed and the Bookmobile will remain docked until further notice.

Curbside Pickup Hours
The week of Memorial Day, curbside pickup will be offered:

Tuesday, May 26: 4-7pm
Thursday, May 28: 4-7pm
Friday, May 29: 9am-12pm
Saturday, May 30: 1-4pm

The week of June 1, curbside pickup will be offered:

Tuesday, June 2: 4-7pm
Wednesday, June 3: 9am-12pm
Thursday, June 4: 4-7pm
Friday, June 5: 9am-12pm
Saturday, June 6: 1-4pm>

Items available for pickup must be put on hold in advance. Because hold items do not immediately become available, patrons will need to wait for notification that their item(s) are available before arriving at curbside pickup.

Upon arrival at curbside pickup, patrons are asked to post to the inside of their vehicle’s windshield a name placard which largely and visibly displays the cardholder’s last name, followed by the cardholder’s first name. These name placards can be as simple as a piece of paper written on with marker and will need to be brought with the patron from home.

If you have questions or need help placing a hold, please email reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org or call one of our reference desks during our limited phone hours:

Phone numbers
Circulation: 828.6092
Adult Services: 828.6093 (accepts voicemail)
Children’s Department: 828.6094 (accepts voicemail)

Phone hours (beginning May 12)
Tuesdays: 8am-12pm & 4-7pm
Wednesdays: 9am-12pm
Thursdays: 8am-12pm & 4-7pm
Fridays: 9am-12pm
Saturdays: 8am-12pm & 1-4pm

If you are unable to reach staff by phone during these hours, it is likely that they are assisting other patrons.

Our book drops are open, and we are accepting returns!

Late fees incurred because of the Library’s COVID-19 closure will be waived. These items will become due 7 days after the Library is able to reopen – a date which remains unknown. If you’d like to get this task off your to-do list, feel free to drop our items into our book return drop boxes which are attached to the south side of our building.

The physical library may be closed temporarily, but our collection of online resources are available to you 24 hours a day. If you need a library card, visit bit.ly/bplgetacard. We have also put together a list of resources below for the community that will help families stay educated on COVID-19 and assist in providing education and enrichment to patrons and their families while at home.

Our collection of ebooks, audiobooks, TV shows, and movies are always available through these services offered, free to use for all Bloomington Public Library cardholders!

Please refer to NICHE ACADEMY if you'd like video tutorials on how to use any of the online resources.

To help us continue serving you in the best way possible this also is an ideal time to take part in the Census, which only takes a few minutes. The Census helps the library determine how many resources to provide. You can go to the online questionnaire to fill out your information.

Digital Library of Illinois
Browse for and download best-selling ebooks and digital audiobooks from Overdrive's collection. Use your computer, tablet, or mobile device to enjoy these titles. Set up an account and sign in with your Bloomington Library card. Mobile users may want to download the free Libby app to use this service.

Instantly borrow audio books, ebooks, comics & graphic novels, movies, TV shows, and music. Patrons can check out up to 7 Hoopla titles per month. All titles are always available; you never have to place a hold. Hoopla can be accessed on multiple devices through the free app including smart phones, tablets, Roku, FireTV, AndroidTV, Chromecast, AppleTV, and more.

Kanopy is a streaming service with access to thousands of films, documentaries, and television shows. It includes selections from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, film festival winners, independent directors, and more. Patrons can check out up to 10 Kanopy titles each month though The Great Courses do not count against the 10-item limit. All titles are always available; you never have to place a hold. Kanopy films are also compatible for the hearing impaired (with captions and transcripts) and the visually impaired (compatible with technologies such as JAWS). Kanopy can be accessed on multiple devices including smart phones, tablets, Roku, FireTV, AndroidTV, Chromecast, AppleTV, and more.

Our Educational Resources

Library cardholders can access the online resources that support continued learning and assist students in their education, especially as they are introduced to eLearning. BookFlix and ScienceFlix are available for patrons, along with Brainfuse HelpNow which offers a virtual meeting space called MEET.

These children's fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts. With colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, BookFlix® is a perfect tool to engage and support beginning readers.

Brainfuse HelpNow
Need help with a homework problem? Struggling with an essay? Try live homework help! Brainfuse is available directly to students, as well as schools, libraries, businesses, and community colleges to help K-12 and adult learners succeed. Live Homework Help is available 2pm to 11pm every day in English and in Spanish.

Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.

Language Learning Resources

If you've ever wanted to learn a different language, this may be the time to explore Mango Languages or Transparent Language Online.

Mango Languages
Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 72 different language courses. Now 21 English courses are offered in the user's native tongue. Also available as a mobile app for iPhone and Android!

Transparent Language Online
Transparent Language Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities. The KidSpeak program is aimed at kids in grades K-2, and there are also free citizenship courses! Also available as a mobile app for iPhone and Android!

Emergency Unemployment and Insurance
Illinois Department of Employment Security

IDES, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, is offering emergency employment to those who need it during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get Covered Illinois

Insurance information related to COVID-19 in Illinois.

Social Services: Financial and Mental Health Resources
PATH Crisis 211

Crisis, Information, and Referral Workers can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year by calling United Way 2-1-1. PATH can assist people in finding community support resources.

Financial Tools from BN Prepared

Area financial information, including relief forms and applications available in response to COVID-19. Information on paycheck protection program, SBA Disaster Loans, Employee Retention Credit, State programs and more.

COVIA Well Connected

Engage with other older adults across the country through Covia. Programs are available for adults over age 60, offering virtual group conversations, classes, support groups, lectures and more.

Mental Health America COVID-19 Resources

Mental Health America has researched and provided mental health resources to help people cope and stay mentally well during COVID-19.

Mid Central Community Action

MCCA is assisting remotely with essential needs through in both McLean and Livingston counties. The Financial Opportunity Center remains available to assist with employment, financial, and housing goals. The Countering Domestic Violence Program is still fully operational and can be accessed through the 24-hour hotline at 309-827-7070.

Mask Patterns and Information
CDC Mask Information

The CDC discusses prevention of COVID-19 by using cloth face coverings, and illustrations for different masks.

How Not to Wear a Mask

The New York Times details common mistakes to avoid when wearing a mask.

Two Mask Tutorials (Sew)

Sewing tutorial outlining two different mask patterns with either ties or straps around the ears.

No-Sew Mask with T-Shirt or Bandana

This tutorial provides a simple solution for creating a mask without need of a sewing machine. All you would need is a T-shirt, knit material or bandanas.

Parenting and Special Needs Information
Special Needs Considerations for Covid-19

Easter Seals of New Jersey offers helpful tips to parents as they respond to measures of the Coronovirus.

Coronavirus Social Story

Easter Seals offers a virtual book in the form of a social story that will guide special needs children as they learn about COVID-19.

Autism Speaks COVID-19 Info

A list of resources to help families navigate autism during COVID-19.

Supporting Teens and Young Adults During COVID-19 Crisis

Tips for parents with older children at home during COVID-19 crisis.

Conscious Discipline

COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families, plus activites, social stories and webinars.

Virtual Meetings and Classrooms

A popular video communications option, Zoom has opened up access for professionals and students.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts offers opportunity for students and professionals to participate in messaging, voice and video calls.


Skype services offer patrons and students opportunity through several avenues, such as landlines, mobile phones or computers, to gather in meetings to chat, talk or collaborate.

Culture, Arts & Music
Children's Discovery Museum Daily Dose of Play

Helping inspire children and students, the Children's Discovery Museum offers activities through e-learning.

Field Museum Blogs and Videos

Chicago's Field Museum has set up some online resources to empower and promote learning at home.

Arts for Illinois

Support for the arts community during COVID-19, stemming from a collaboration between Chicago, the state of Illinois, philanthropic organizations and more.

Open Culture

Free cultural and educational media, including free coloring books from 113 museums.

Chrome Music Lab

A virtual music lab that makes learning music fun and hands on for kids.

MCN, Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning and Online Collections

Just as MCN says, once-crowded museums may currently sit empty, but museum technology can still allow people to be connected to their services, which you will find here.

San Diego Zoo Kids

San Diego Zoo Kids offers all kinds of opportunity for continued learning, from education about their animals, videos, online stories, activites and games.

San Diego Zoo Live Cams

San Diego Zoo also offers live cams of their animals, including Baboons, Penguins, Pandas, Condors, Tigers and more.

#Metkids Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kids can discover The Metropolitan Museum of Art through interactive map, videos, time machines, fun fact pages and suggested projects.

Paris Museum 100,000 Images

Take an art museum tour from Paris by previewing a collection of 100,000 images of their art.

Country Reports

This website provides 35,000+ pages of online content about cultures and countries of the world.

30 Virtual Field Trips

Field Trips are still possible virtually, so take a trip to San Diego Zoo, a Space and Rocket Museum and more.

The Metropolitan Opera

While the Metropolitan Opera is closed, it will be offering Nightly Met Opera Streams.

National Park Service

Information on how the National Park Service is responding to COVID-19, along with educational tools such as virtual parks and educational graphics.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

If students would like to learn more about jelly fish or explore birdwatching, 10 live cams from Monterey Bay Aquarium will give them the opportunity from their computer.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Take a virtual tour through the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York.

Archaeological Survey of India

Take a virtual tour of New Delhi, India.

NASA Media Library

NASA opened their media library to the public and made the resources copyright free.

Technology Learning for Students
Hour of Code Activities

Grades K-12 can tinker with code through several one-hour tutorials designed for them in over 45 languages.

Create & Learn

Created by Stanford, Harvard graduates and former Tech leaders at Google & Apple, computer science learning is available to students through classes and tech news.


CodeAcademy offers students the opportunity to learn computer science over an expansive list of different coding languages.


Created by Amazon, Google and Microsoft engineers, this nonprofit offers education and access to schools, underepresented youth. Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science.


A project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab, this resource will help kids learn programming through interactive stories, games and animations.

COVID-19 Information
BN Prepared

The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council and McLean County Chamber of Commerce launched this website to offer current and accurate information of COVID-19 to the community.

City of Bloomington

Up-to-date information on Bloomington's response to COVID-19, along with resources and information on how surrounding areas are responding.

OSF Healthcare COVID-19 Screening Information and Updates

OSF Healthcare offers information about Coronavirus Screening, information about the virus and also what they are doing in response to it.

McLean County Health COVID-19 Information

McLean County has updated local information about the Coronavirus.

Illinois Hotspot Map

Find information about Illinois hotspot locations through this interactive map.

Illinois COVID-19 Response

Up-to-date information about how Illinois is responding to COVID-19.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Latest COVID-19 information, including recent news about it.

All In Illinois

All In Illinois is a statewide initiative to encourage staying at home and acting responsibly to COVID-19, including stories on how individuals are creatively sharing moments together even though social distancing.

COVID-19 Updates & Information by EBSCO

EBSCO understands the extraordinary demands on our customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. EBSCO hopes these free and/or expanded access options, offered for a limited time, will support your efforts to serve your students, patrons and researchers during this difficult period.

Everyday Early Intervention During Coronavirus

Helpful information to help combat Coronavirus, including resources to help families consider how their everyday actions at home can affect the spread of the virus.

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control

In an attempt to diminish rumors, FEMA put together a page of COVID-19 key facts, factual response and also information on current scams.

Official Coronovirus (COVID-19) Website

Developed in collaboration by The White House, CDC, and FEMA, this government website covers many topics in response to COVID-19.


Ready is a national public service to educate and empower Americans to respond to and mitigate national emergencies, and it provides current information on COVID-19.

CDC Information on Current Cases in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be updating their webpage to reflect the most current cases in the United States.

CDC Video

The World Health Organization offers an informative video on how COVID-19 spreads and how patrons can protect themselves against it.

Author Storytimes & More
Growing Book by Book

A guide to nurturing young readers, from infants to beginning reader levels. Numerous video storytimes and booklists will help parents guide their children in reading.

The Spanish Experiment

Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for all ages, and patrons have the option to read along in Spanish or English.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Kids can explore art by doodling with Mo Willems as their instructor.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is an award-winning children's literacy program, and offers streaming of videos by celebrated actors alongside illustrations.

Neil Gaiman Videos

See Neil Gaiman read some of his most popular books, including The Graveyard Book and Caroline. You can also learn more about him.

Interactive Read Aloud LivBits

Here you will find a list of Author's who will be reading their books live.

Story Time from Space

Join astronauts as they read books from space.

Andrea Animates

Using stop-motion animation, independent animator Andrea Love brings alive creative stories children will love.

Jim Cosgrove, Mr. Stinky Feet

Kids can enjoy the kid rocker, author and motivational speaker Jim Cosgrove, also known as Mr. Stinky Feet, by watching any of his videos from his website library.

National Emergency Library

A collection of books that support remote teaching and learning while universities, schools and libraries are closed.

ABDO Digital Bookshelf PreK-8

Free digital library books for use by students, teachers, administrators and parents. Geared toward Elementary school ages.

ABDO Digital Bookshelf 5-12

Free digital library books for use by students, teachers, administrators and parents. Geared toward Secondary school ages.

https://illinoisearlylearning.org/blogs/in-trying-times/ The Parents' Guide to Google Classroom

A simple tutorial to help parents navigate Google Classroom on any device.

ABDO Zoom Research Database

Geared towards preK through 4th grade teachers and students.

Illinois Early Learning Project

Here parents will find support for their child's early learning, including access to tip sheets, videos, and additional resources.

The Concord Consortium

A STEM resource finder that connects learners with virtual labs and other hands-on digital tools.

The Math Worksheet Site

For parents wanting to continue guiding their children's math skills, worksheets are available here for all different math skills.

Fraction Worksheets and Other Math

Find just about every resource for students' math learning, including the ability to create flash cards and tests.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Explore math and science activities through NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which can be filtered by activity type, grade, and subject.


Created by the National Center for Families Learning, explore this resource that inspires natural curiosity and imagination for kids, which allows them to discover and explore as they learn.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.

Khan Academy Partner Websites

STEAM education, museum experiences, Pixar tutorials and other educational and cultural learning opportunities can be found here.

Goodwill Community Foundation

An educational resource from Goodwill that helps people learn essential skills to work and live today.


A resource to help with phonics and comprehension during early learning.


Kids ages 5-12 can have fun at home playing educational games.

PBS Kids

A colorful and interactive website, PBS offers videos, games, and other opportunities for learning for children.

Toy Theater

Grade school ages will benefit from this website, which offers educational opportunities through games and activites that focus on math, literacy and art.

Physical Education & Exercise
Online Physical Education Network

Physical Activity and Education is still important while students are out of school. Find tips and resources to help you create an active environment for the family.

Action for Healthy Kids

A website dedicated to helping parents and students learn healthy habits to lower disease and improve mental health.


Suggestions for physical activiy at home to help students get 60 minutes or more of physical activity per day. Videos and Virtual Field trips are additional options to get kids moving.