Research & Learn
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.
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.
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.
Hispanic Life in America
Hispanic Life in America is the single most comprehensive digital archive of primary source documents related to Hispanic American life. This three-part collection is sourced from more than 17,000 global news sources, including over 700 Spanish-language or bilingual publications, dating from 1704 to today and gives patrons access to exclusive material. Online tutorials are available.
Home Town in the Corn Belt
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.
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.
Information Technology Collection (eBook Central)
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.
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!
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 will receive 30 tickets each month. Each item borrowed will result in 0-5 tickets being subtracted from the patron’s monthly allotment. All titles are always available; you never have to place a hold. Kanopy can now also be accessed through Libby. Online tutorials are available.
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!
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.
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.
New York Times
We provide free online access to the New York Times with your Bloomington Library Card. Patrons inside the library can access the online version of the New York Times at any time. The New York Times is also accessible remotely via a digital pass that you can check out with your library card. 5,000 passes are available each day. When accessing this database offsite, you will need to receive and redeem a 24-hour code. Once that 24-hour period expires, you will need to sign in again to receive another 24-hour code.
This access includes all New York Times online content except for the crossword puzzle and the New York Times Cooking subscription.