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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call one of our reference desks during our limited phone hours:
Adult Services: 828.6093 (accepts voicemail)
Children’s Department: 828.6094 (accepts voicemail)
Phone hours (beginning May 12)
Tuesdays: 8am-12pm & 4-7pm
Thursdays: 8am-12pm & 4-7pm
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.
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.
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, BookFlixÂ® is a perfect tool to engage and support beginning readers.
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, ScienceFlixÂ® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.
If you've ever wanted to learn a different language, this may be the time to explore Mango Languages or Transparent Language Online.
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!
IDES, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, is offering emergency employment to those who need it during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Insurance information related to COVID-19 in Illinois.
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.
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.
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 has researched and provided mental health resources to help people cope and stay mentally well during COVID-19.
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.
The CDC discusses prevention of COVID-19 by using cloth face coverings, and illustrations for different masks.
The New York Times details common mistakes to avoid when wearing a mask.
Sewing tutorial outlining two different mask patterns with either ties or straps around the ears.
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.
Easter Seals of New Jersey offers helpful tips to parents as they respond to measures of the Coronovirus.
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.
A list of resources to help families navigate autism during COVID-19.
Tips for parents with older children at home during COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families, plus activites, social stories and webinars.
A popular video communications option, Zoom has opened up access for professionals and students.
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.
Helping inspire children and students, the Children's Discovery Museum offers activities through e-learning.
Chicago's Field Museum has set up some online resources to empower and promote learning at home.
Support for the arts community during COVID-19, stemming from a collaboration between Chicago, the state of Illinois, philanthropic organizations and more.
Free cultural and educational media, including free coloring books from 113 museums.
A virtual music lab that makes learning music fun and hands on for kids.
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 offers all kinds of opportunity for continued learning, from education about their animals, videos, online stories, activites and games.
San Diego Zoo also offers live cams of their animals, including Baboons, Penguins, Pandas, Condors, Tigers and more.
Kids can discover The Metropolitan Museum of Art through interactive map, videos, time machines, fun fact pages and suggested projects.
Take an art museum tour from Paris by previewing a collection of 100,000 images of their art.
This website provides 35,000+ pages of online content about cultures and countries of the world.
Field Trips are still possible virtually, so take a trip to San Diego Zoo, a Space and Rocket Museum and more.
While the Metropolitan Opera is closed, it will be offering Nightly Met Opera Streams.
Information on how the National Park Service is responding to COVID-19, along with educational tools such as virtual parks and educational graphics.
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.
Take a virtual tour through the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York.
Take a virtual tour of New Delhi, India.
NASA opened their media library to the public and made the resources copyright free.
Grades K-12 can tinker with code through several one-hour tutorials designed for them in over 45 languages.
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.
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.
Up-to-date information on Bloomington's response to COVID-19, along with resources and information on how surrounding areas are responding.
OSF Healthcare offers information about Coronavirus Screening, information about the virus and also what they are doing in response to it.
McLean County has updated local information about the Coronavirus.
Find information about Illinois hotspot locations through this interactive map.
Up-to-date information about how Illinois is responding to COVID-19.
Latest COVID-19 information, including recent news about it.
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.
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.
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.
In an attempt to diminish rumors, FEMA put together a page of COVID-19 key facts, factual response and also information on current scams.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be updating their webpage to reflect the most current cases in the United States.
The World Health Organization offers an informative video on how COVID-19 spreads and how patrons can protect themselves against it.
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.
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.
Kids can explore art by doodling with Mo Willems as their instructor.
Storyline Online is an award-winning children's literacy program, and offers streaming of videos by celebrated actors alongside illustrations.
See Neil Gaiman read some of his most popular books, including The Graveyard Book and Caroline. You can also learn more about him.
Here you will find a list of Author's who will be reading their books live.
Join astronauts as they read books from space.
Using stop-motion animation, independent animator Andrea Love brings alive creative stories children will love.
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.
A collection of books that support remote teaching and learning while universities, schools and libraries are closed.
Free digital library books for use by students, teachers, administrators and parents. Geared toward Elementary school ages.
Free digital library books for use by students, teachers, administrators and parents. Geared toward Secondary school ages.
A simple tutorial to help parents navigate Google Classroom on any device.
Geared towards preK through 4th grade teachers and students.
Here parents will find support for their child's early learning, including access to tip sheets, videos, and additional resources.
A STEM resource finder that connects learners with virtual labs and other hands-on digital tools.
For parents wanting to continue guiding their children's math skills, worksheets are available here for all different math skills.
Find just about every resource for students' math learning, including the ability to create flash cards and tests.
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.
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
STEAM education, museum experiences, Pixar tutorials and other educational and cultural learning opportunities can be found here.
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.
A colorful and interactive website, PBS offers videos, games, and other opportunities for learning for children.
Grade school ages will benefit from this website, which offers educational opportunities through games and activites that focus on math, literacy and art.
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.
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.