Parking Lot & Drive-Up Lane

For the foreseeable future, patrons will need to both enter and exit the library’s parking lot from the east. The west half of the lot will be blocked off for construction.

  • The southernmost lane will serve as the entrance. Patrons need to make an immediate left upon entering the lot.
  • The northernmost lane will serve as the exit.

A Drive-Up Lane has been added to the southeast corner of the building. Patrons using the Drive-Up Lane must put items on hold in advance. Signage marks the lane and provides instruction.

Learn more about the library's expansion and renovation project at bit.ly/bplexpand.

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Fold3

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Find stories, photos, documents, and military records for the men and women who served our country using this military genealogy database. Fold3 helps you discover and share stories of the everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families who supported them. Online tutorials are available. 

 

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HeritageHub

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Providing access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States. This one-of-a-kind collection helps Patrons and family historians uncover new family members and understand family relationships on a deeper level than ever before. Online tutorials are available. 

 

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HeritageQuest

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This family history resource, HeritageQuest includes U.S. federal census information, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth records, marriage records, death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more. Online tutorials are available. 

 

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Home Town in the Corn Belt

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The McLean County Museum of History recently digitized all five-volumes of "Home town in the Corn Belt" which debuted in late December of 1950. The volumes contain 171 articles with 39 biographical sketches and 52 poems relating to local history. With 132 authors contributing to the 1,740 pages, these collections offer a wealth of primary and secondary source material to support local history research. 

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Hoopla

Hoopla

Instantly borrow eAudiobooks, 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 including smart phones, tablets, Roku, FireTV, AndroidTV, Chromecast, AppleTV, and more. Online tutorials are available.

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Information Technology Collection (eBook Central)

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Access nearly 7,000 eBooks with information about computer science, business, technology, and programming through Information technology Collection (eBook Central). Books can be read in a browser or downloaded to be read offline. 

 

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Inkie.org

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This suite of resources -- available to anyone living in the State of Illinois at no charge -- supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools. Inkie also allows readers to access locally-produced content.

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Inkie.org Library

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Access this collection of free eBooks for Illinois residents published by Illinois authors. Titles are always available, and there are no limits on checkouts. With Inkie.org Library, formerly known as Biblioboard, there's no waiting, just reading! NO LIBRARY CARD NEEDED! 

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Kanopy

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Stream thousands of films, documentaries, and television shows with Kanopy. Included are 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 can now also be accessed through Libby. Online tutorials are available.

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Khan Academy

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Access practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard which empowers learners to study at their own pace both inside and outside the classroom. Tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more with Khan Academy! NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED!

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Libby

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Meet Libby, a fresh and easy way to borrow and read from your library. Libby gives library patrons access to read and listen to books, and read full-page magazines, on smartphone, tablets, and other devices through the Libby app. Libby is the app that gives patrons access to the material found in the Digital Library of Illinois. Visit, Try Libby, to find helpful information on how to download the app, or click View from Anywhere below to be directed to the Digital Library of Illinois.  

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LinkedIn Learning

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Offering in-demand skills training via more than 16,000 online courses (some available in multiple languages), LinkedIn Learning is a great resource taught by real-world professionals(formerly called Lynda.com). Online tutorial are available.

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Mango Languages

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Immerse yourself in everyday conversations via 70+ different language courses. Mango Languages also offers ESL courses to native speakers of 21 different languages. Mango is designed to equip users with conversational abilities from the very start, and is available as a mobile app for iPhone and Android! Online tutorials are available.

 

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MedLine Plus

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Find extensive information about more than 650 diseases and conditions from the National Institutes for Health and other trusted sources with MedLine Plus. Also available: lists of hospitals and physicians; a medical encyclopedia and dictionary; health information; information about prescription and nonprescription drugs; and links to thousands of clinical trials. This resource offers information in both English and Spanish.

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Newspapers.com, Pantagraph Archive 1857-1925

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Access dozens of historical Illinois newspapers, including the Daily Pantagraph 1857-1925, the Weekly Pantagraph 1848-1925, and the Bloomington Observer 1838. 

 

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NoveList K-8 Plus

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Focusing on book recommendations for young readers, NoveList K-8 Plus is great for finding your next read. Browse genres and find award winning literature that will keep young readers engaged. 

 

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Pantagraph - Negative Collection: 1933-1959

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Nearly 86,000 photos taken between 1933-1959 by photographers for The Pantagraph have been digitally restored and preserved and can be viewed online at no charge. Work continues to restore and preserve the negatives in this collection which date 1960-2000. 

 

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