Help

  • Library mailing addresses, hours and locations

    A comprehensive list of mailing addresses, hours and library locations is available.

  • Contact the Director of the library

    You may send an email to the Library Director by filling out the Contact Us form and selecting Sara Laughlin as recipient.

    You may also call 812-349-3050 Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Or you may write to:

    Sara Laughlin, Director
    Monroe County Public Library
    303 E. Kirkwood Ave.
    Bloomington, IN 47408

  • Contact the Board of Trustees

    You may send a msg to any or all of the Trustees by filling out the Board of Trustees e-mail form.

    The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of the library and determines such matters as hours open, holidays, vacations, salaries and also works with the Director in preparing the library budget. The board hires and advises the Director in the operation of the library. The board meets monthly; meetings are open to the public. Meeting agenda with time and location are posted in various locations in the library 48 hours in advance.

  • Email addresses for selected library staff

    You can see a listing of email addresses for Monroe County Library Staff here.

  • Phone numbers for various library departments

    Phone numbers for the library can be found on this page.

  • Ask a librarian a question

    Several options are available to contact us, including choices for sending a question to a specific part of the library. You may use the Ask A Librarian form to send a question to one of the Reference Librarians. You may ask a question of the Indiana Room librarians using this form. When the library is open you may chat live with a Reference Librarian by visiting the Information, Answers & Reviews page. You can find the Reference Chat feature on many other pages as well.

  • Ellettsville Branch

    Information about the Ellettsville Branch including address, phone number, hours of operation and events can be found on the Ellettsville Branch website.

  • El Centro Comunal Latino

    El Centro Comunal Latino is a grassroots, community-based organization that seeks to provide an accessible and safe space for all Latinos, with a focus on Spanish-speaking people, to find information, access to resources and a place to hold community events. El Centro Comunal Latino also seeks to promote communication and understanding among service agencies and the Latino community in order to facilitate their integration and encourage active Latino(a) participation in the greater Bloomington community (Monroe County) .

    The El Centro Comunal Latino office (812-355-7513) is located in the library - 2nd floor, near the New Book area.

     

My Account

  • How do I log into My Account?

    You may search the library catalog without logging in to your account; however to use many of the features of the online catalog you must be logged in. After logging in you may see the items that are checked out to you, renew items, manage your requests, access your reading history (if you have activated this feature), change your password, update your information and access other features of the system.

    The Login option is available on any page of the website under the My Account tab.

    Always remember to logout of your account when you are finished, especially if you are using a shared computer.

  • Where can I find more information about using My Account?
  • Does the library send notices about requests or overdue items?

    For patrons who provide email addresses, a reminder notice will be sent 2 days before the due date.

    Email, automated telephone notification or postal mail notices about requests that are ready for pickup and overdue items are sent as appropriate.

  • How do I renew items?

    You may renew items checked out to you as long as the item is renewable, you still have renewals left and there is not a waiting list for the item.

    To renew items, login into your account, choose the Items Out/Renew tab near the top of the screen, select the item(s) you want to renew and then click on the "Renew Selected Items" or "Renew All Items" button. A confirmation message will appear letting you know if the renewals were allowed.

    You may also renew your items in person at a checkout desk or by phone by calling 349-3090.

     

  • How do I create a username for my library account?

    You may create a Username for your account so that you don't have to always know your library card number to access various features on your account. To do this, go to the My Account login page and click on the "Create Username" link that is directly under the "Username or Barcode" box. Follow the instructions to create your Username.

    The Username should not be used to login to the library's public computers or various other connected services such as Indiana Digital Media or Freegal. You should use your full card # for these.

  • How do I change my password or username?

    To change your Password or Username, log in using Login to My Account, open the "Change Logon" section and enter the required information. The changes will be in effect immediately.

  • How can I start using My Account if I don't have a library card?

    If you already have an account, but have lost your library card number, you need to get a replacement card/number. Visit any checkout at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch, or Bookmobile to get a new card assigned to your account. Replacement cards are one $1. Adults should bring picture ID.

    If you do not already have an account, you can register online using the Patron Self Registration form or visit any checkout at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch or Bookmobile. Patrons applying in person or with self registration will need to satisfy library card requirements before checking out materials.

  • How do I update my information?

    You may request changes to your account info by logging into My Account and opening the Contact Information and Preferences section. You may change your email address, phone #, username, password, preference for receiving library notices (mailing address, email address, phone, txt msg), and email notice format (HTML or plain text). Address changes must be approved by library staff, enter the changes and submit the form or contact us at 349-3090.

Library Cards

  • What are the Library Card Requirements?

    Card Registration

    To be eligible for a Monroe County Public Library card, an applicant must appear in person and provide accepted documentation verifying their identity and their Monroe County address. For minors using their Parent/Guardians’ documentation, both the Parent/Guardian and the child must be present together.

     The following documents, if current and valid, will fulfill both of these requirements:

    • Driver's license
    • State ID

    If a patron does not have one of the above forms of ID with a current Monroe County address, they must use a combination of accepted documentation to verify identity and address. 


    Adults (18 and older)

    Must provide name verification AND address verification (one from each list).

    If the patron is 18 years old or older and lives in Monroe County, they must provide one item to verify name and one to verify address for the lists below. For residents under 18 years of age, no ID is required; but may be requested for application. (NOTE: If driver's license, state ID or Mexican Consular ID has current address, no second document will be required.)

    Name Verification
    • Must provide photo ID for name verification
    • Choose one from the following list:
      • Drivers License
      • Learner's Permit
      • Mexican Consular ID
      • Mexican voter's card
      • Military ID
      • Passport or Passport card
      • State ID
      • Student ID
    Address Verification
    • Must be current; expired document will not be accepted
    • PDF versions of these documents will be accepted
    • Choose one from the following list:
      • Bank statement*
      • Bill (credit card, phone, utility, etc.)*
      • Bursar's statement for campus housing
      • Car registration
      • Fishing or hunting liscence
      • Insurance card
      • Lease Agreement; signed
      • MCCSC Skyward account (skyward.mccsc.edu)
      • Pay check*
      • Personal mail*
      • Pre-printed checks
      • Property tax statement or receipt
      • State of Indiana Alcohol Server's permit
      • Statement--signed and on agency letterhead--indicating current participation in a Monroe County social service agency
      • Utility bill for service at Monroe County address; online statement accepted
      • Voter registration card
    *Must be post-marked and/or issued within the last 90 days

    Minors (0--17 years old)

    Must provide name verification AND address verification (one from each list).

    Name Verification
    • Choose one from the following list:
      • Birth certificate
      • Drivers License
      • K--12 report card
      • Learner's Permit
      • Mexican Consular ID
      • Mexican voter's card
      • Military ID
      • Passport or Passport card
      • School or student ID (name and photo)
      • Social Security card*
      • State ID
      • Yearbook photo with name (current of previous year)
    *Social Security card will be used for the purpose of verification only. Social Security numbers are not included in patron accounts.
    Address Verification
    • Must be current; expired document will not be accepted
    • PDF versions of these documents will be accepted
    • Choose one from the following list:
      • Bank statement*
      • Bill (credit card, phone, utility, etc.)*
      • Bursar's statement for campus housing
      • Car registration
      • Fishing or hunting liscence
      • Insurance card
      • Lease Agreement; signed
      • MCCSC Skyward account (skyward.mccsc.edu)
      • Pay check*
      • Personal mail*
      • Pre-printed checks
      • Property tax statement or receipt
      • State of Indiana Alcohol Server's permit
      • Statement--signed and on agency letterhead--indicating current participation in a Monroe County social service agency
      • Utility bill for service at Monroe County address; online statement accepted

    *Must be post-marked and/or issued within the last 90 days.

    Youth Starter Card

    If a minor living in Monroe County cannot meet the name and address verification requirements,

    AND is not accompanied by a parent or guardian, he or she may apply for a Youth Starter Card. 

    This card allows minors to check out one item at a time as long as the account remains in good standing.  The previous item must be returned before another item can be checked out.

    To obtain a Youth Starter Card, the minor must:

    • reside in Monroe County
    • provide full name and birth date
    • provide contact information for the purpose of receiving notifications

    The Youth Starter Card may be updated at any time to a regular account once the child meets the identification requirements.

    All Others

    Please call the Main Library, Circulation at (812) 349-3090 or Ellettsville at (812) 876-1272 for information on library card requirements.

  • What if I live outside Monroe County?

    Please see Public Library Access Card (PLAC) for more information.

  • How can I start using My Account if I don't have a library card?

    If you already have an account, but have lost your library card number, you need to get a replacement card/number. Visit any checkout at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch, or Bookmobile to get a new card assigned to your account. Replacement cards are one $1. Adults should bring picture ID.

    If you do not already have an account, you can register online using the Patron Self Registration form or visit any checkout at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch or Bookmobile. Patrons applying in person or with self registration will need to satisfy library card requirements before checking out materials.

Checkout

  • How many items can I check out and how long can I keep them?
    Library MaterialsHow many? How long?
    DVDs147 Days
    Music CDs2121 Days
    MagazinesNo Limit7 Days
    Everything elseNo Limit21 Days
    Total number of holds: 30

     

    All items may be renewed 2 times for the same length of time as the original checkout period, with the exception of items with holds.

  • Can I still check out books and other materials if I don't have my card with me?

    Patrons may show Identity or Address Verification documents used to issue library cards. Please see Library Card Requirements. Children under 18 may verify identity by confirming personal information given when applying for their card.

  • Can I pick up a hold for someone else?

    You may pick up a hold for another patron if you

    • carry the 1st patron's original library card or
    • present a copy/printout of the hold notification

     

  • Does the library ever take away borrowing privileges?

    Patrons may not checkout materials if they

    • have overdue materials
    • owe more than $10
    • use another patron card without permission
    • give false/misleading information in an effort to avoid responsibilities

     

  • How do I keep a list of items I have checked out?

    You can view a list of items that you have checked out in the past by activating the "Maintain Reading List" feature.

    After logging into your account, look for the check box called "Maintain Reading List" in the "Contact Information and Preferences" area. Check the box and then click on the "Submit Change Request" button.

    Now, each time you check out a book, CD, DVD, or other item, it will be added to your reading history. To view your reading history, log into your account. Click the Reading History link on the green toolbar near the top of the page.

    If you no longer want to maintain a reading history, go to "Contact Information and Preferences". Click on the box for "Maintain Reading List" to remove the green checkmark, then click the "Submit" button.

  • What's the difference between Checkout and Circulation?

    Circulation and Checkout are really the same thing. Circulation is the library term for the service area of the library in charge of checking out materials to patrons. Checkout is the term that is more widely known by patrons for circulation/checkout services.

Fines & Fees

  • Does the library send notices about requests or overdue items?

    For patrons who provide email addresses, a reminder notice will be sent 2 days before the due date.

    Email, automated telephone notification or postal mail notices about requests that are ready for pickup and overdue items are sent as appropriate.

  • What's the fine for an item returned past the due date?

    Fines are charged at twenty five (25) cents per day, per item. Maximum overdue fine is $10.00 per item. Additional information about fines is available in our Checkout Policy.

  • How much will I be charged if I lose or damage items I have checked out?

    The replacement cost is charged for each lost, damaged or unreturned item. Please see the Checkout Policy for complete information.

  • Can I pay my fines with a credit card or debit card?

    Credit and debit card payments are accepted online through "My Account/Pay fines."

  • Can I get a credit or refund if I bring back materials that I thought I lost?

    Patrons may be issued credit or refunded the replacement cost if the complete item is found and returned in good condition within 90 days of payment. Credits or refunds will not be given for single parts of a set.

    Credit will always be applied against any current fees on the patron account. Standing credit for less than $20 may be carried to apply against future fees. Credits and refunds will be issued to the individual cardholder and are not transferable to another patron or account.

    Refund checks will be issued for amounts greater than $20.

  • What if I can't afford to pay off my fines/fees?

    We have a Fine Option Program available. If you are 14 or older, you may arrange to volunteer in the library in lieu of paying fines. A credit of $5 can be earned for each hour of designated volunteer work.

    To qualify for the Fine Option Program, you must owe $10 or more on your individual library account.

    Credit may only be applied toward fines/fees and is not applicable toward replacement costs for lost or damaged items.

    Credit is applied only to the specific volunteer's account. Credit is not transferable to another patron's account.

    To sign up for the program:

    • Ask at the Checkout Desk to speak with a Circulation Supervisor to review your account and confirm what fees qualify.
    • Fill out a Volunteer Information Sheet with your availability, interests and contact information. Information Sheets are available at any public service desk and in Administration.
    • Turn in your Volunteer Information Sheet at any Checkout Desk.

    What to expect:

    • The Volunteer Coordinator or another Library Staff person will contact you for a training or work-time appointment 2-3 days after you turn in your Volunteer Information Sheet.
    • You will meet with a supervisor/contact person who will train you and show you how to sign in and track your volunteer worked hours.
    • Your volunteer supervisor will turn in your worked hours in a regular report.
    • When the Circulation Supervisor receives the report, the appropriate credit will be applied against your account. It may take up to a week for the report/credit to be processed.

    We also have a Fine Option Program for Children and Teens: Literacy and Learning for Credit.

    If you are under 18 years of age, and owe money on your account, you may arrange to "Read it Off." A credit of $5 can be earned for each use and return of designated library material.

    To qualify for the Fine Option Program for Children, you must owe $10 or more on your individual library account.

    "Read it Off" credit may be applied toward fines/fees and replacement costs.

    Credit is applied only to the specific child/teen's account. Credit is not transferable to another patron's account.

    To sign up for the program:

    • Ask at the Checkout Desk to review your account.
    • Checkout staff will start your application form.
    • Speak with Information Desk staff to complete the form and choose a library title together.

    What to expect:

    • While participating in the program, you may checkout only ONE book, magazine, or audio book at a time.
    • You may checkout the single item on the same day you sign up.
    • Each time you return a selected item and talk to the Information Desk staff about it, you can earn the $5 coupon.
    • Take the coupon to the checkout desk to have $5 waived from your fines and checkout your next item.
    • Only one coupon can be earned/redeemed a day.

     

  • What should I do if my records disagree with the library's records for my returns or fines?

    When checkout discrepancies occur, the library initiates internal searching and other review procedures. The library relies on patron feedback to report discrepancies so the internal reviews can be done.

    Patrons are financially responsible for materials checked out on their cards. In instances where good faith efforts do not resolve the problem, patrons may ask for special consideration on a case by case basis. Such claims must be made in a timely manner. The library will balance the "benefit of the doubt" for an individual patron while also acting as good stewards of the collection. The library will not accept claims for items long overdue/billed. Repeated claims are declined.

Holds

  • How can I tell how many holds are on my list?

    On the opening view of your online "My Account," your "hold requests" total is listed on the right side of the page. You can see the list of these and manage them (cancel, suspend, see your position in the list) using the tabs near the top of the page.

  • Sometimes I get several of my holds ready to pick up at the same time. Is there a way I can control when items are held for me?

    Yes. Use the online "suspend/re-activate" holds function to better control getting your holds when you can use them. You do not lose your place in line by using the suspend feature. The original time stamp when you placed the hold stays with the request. When a hold is reactivated, it goes back into the line in relation to the time stamps for other patrons' holds. See Suspending and Reactivating Holds for directions.

  • Can I suspend my turn and keep my place in line once the item becomes ready to pick up ("Held")?

    No. Once a title is processed for a hold (in "Shipped" or "Held" status), the request is filled and cannot be suspended.

  • How do I reserve/request items?

    Items may be reserved for you by library staff at help desks, by phone or through the library catalog online or from terminals within the library. Once the items are ready for pickup, notification will be sent to you either by email, phone, or USPS mail depending upon the notification option you have chosen. You can change your notification preference by logging in to your account and making the change in the Contact Information and Preferences area.

    You may choose where to pick up items during the process of placing the request.

    Detailed instructions for reserving items are available.

  • I use my holds list to store the titles that I might be interested in receiving. Usually I have more than 30 items. Is there another way to keep a list of items that I want besides the holds list?

    Yes, you can save titles in a "My List" in your online account. Lists are interactive with the library catalog so you can click the title and place a hold easily. See Creating a List of Titles for instructions.

  • Can I place a hold on an item that is not in the library collection yet?

    Yes. As soon as the item has been ordered by the library, you may place a hold. You can use the "Saved Search" feature in your library account to alert you via email when an item has been added to our collection. The email includes a link to the catalog so you can easily click and place a hold. You may keep several "Saved Searches" using specific authors, titles or broader subjects. See Creating Saved Searches for more information.

  • How many holds are processed for pickup every day?

    The 2011 daily average for holds ready for pickup was 1,200.

  • How many holds do not get picked up?

    The daily average of holds not picked up after 7 days is approximately 10-15% of the total holds processed for pickup. We would like to reduce this number. When a title is on the hold shelf for 7 days no one is enjoying it, and frequently other patrons are waiting for that popular title. If you no longer want a held item, please call the library Checkout Desk at 349-3090, so we may release the title to the next patron.

PLAC

  • What is a Public Library Access Card (PLAC)

    PLAC is Indiana's statewide public library borrowing card, available at any public library in Indiana. It allows individuals to borrow directly from any public library outside their home library district. PLAC cardholders can borrow print materials from any public library in the state. Public libraries are funded by local taxes. The PLAC fee supports the libraries you use outside your local community.

  • To get a PLAC:
    • Go to any checkout desk. (Bloomington or Ellettsville)
    • Bring your home library card.
    • Bring your MCPL library card if you are a current out-of-county card holder.
    • Show identification with your name and current address.
    • Pay PLAC fee with cash or credit card.

    If you live in an area that does not support a library through local taxes, you may purchase an annual non-resident card at MCPL for use only at MCPL. To borrow at other libraries, you will then need to purchase a PLAC.

  • Who is eligible for PLAC?

    Individuals with a valid resident library card in good standing from their home library are eligible for a PLAC. They must be residents or real property taxpayers of their home library's taxing district.

  • What is the cost of PLAC?

    The statewide fee is set annually by state law and announced by the Indiana State Library. The fee for 2013 is $50.

  • When does a PLAC expire?

    A PLAC expires one year from the date of purchase.

  • Can a PLAC be used as a family card?

    No, a PLAC is issued as an individual card.

  • Where do I return materials borrowed with a PLAC?

    Return materials to the library they came from. Cardholders must follow the rules of each individual library and assume responsibility for all materials and related charges.

  • Do college students living away from home need a PLAC?

    Resident students do not need a PLAC to borrow from the public library in the community where their college or university is located.

  • For answers to more questions about Indiana's PLAC Program:

    Indiana's statewide Public Library Access Card (PLAC) Program was enacted in 1992 by the Indiana State Legislature (Indiana Code 4-23-7.1-5.1). The Monroe County Library Board of Trustees voted to actively promote the statewide PLAC Program to out-of-county residents beginning January 2004.

  • Library mailing addresses, hours and locations

    A comprehensive list of mailing addresses, hours and library locations is available.

  • Bookmobile stops and times

    The Bookmobile stops at a number of locations around Monroe County every week.

    Materials not available on the Bookmobile may be requested from the Main Library and then delivered to your nearest Bookmobile stop. You may also return materials checked out from the Main Library or Ellettsville Branch to the Bookmobile.

  • Indiana Room hours

    The Indiana Room located in the Main Bloomington library has hours that differ from the rest of the Main library. The hours of the Indiana Room are:

    Monday - Thursday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Friday - 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Ellettsville Branch

    Information about the Ellettsville Branch including address, phone number, hours of operation and events can be found on the Ellettsville Branch website.

  • Library mailing addresses, hours and locations

    A comprehensive list of mailing addresses, hours and library locations is available.

  • Parking at and around the library

    At the Main Bloomington library, parking is available in the library parking lot (enter from 6th St.), in several city lots and garages near the library, and on the streets around the library. Be sure to read the signs posted wherever you park as the city parking regulations vary depending on the location, day of the week and time of day. A Parking Map is available to help you navigate parking options.

    At the Ellettsville Branch, parking is available in the main library parking lot at Sale & Temperance Streets. Parking is also available North of the library - enter from Vine St.

  • Bookmobile stops and times

    The Bookmobile stops at a number of locations around Monroe County every week.

    Materials not available on the Bookmobile may be requested from the Main Library and then delivered to your nearest Bookmobile stop. You may also return materials checked out from the Main Library or Ellettsville Branch to the Bookmobile.

  • Ellettsville Branch

    Information about the Ellettsville Branch including address, phone number, hours of operation and events can be found on the Ellettsville Branch website.

  • Job openings

    Current job openings are listed on the library's website. Look for the Jobs link at the bottom of any page on the website.

    Monroe County Public Library Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Volunteer opportunities at the library

    If you are interested in donating a couple of hours each week, or even 2-4 hours each month, fill out our volunteer application.  If you have questions about volunteer opportunities, call our Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Sater, at 349-3050, or come to the 3rd floor Administration Office.

  • Volunteers In Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL)

    This is a free community service sponsored by the Monroe County Public Library. Materials and training are provided without charge to the volunteers and learners.

    Who can learn? Any adult who didn't learn to read adequately and now wants to read well enough to deal with everyday needs and reach his/her literacy goals. Any adult who needs to improve ESL English language skills.

    Adults who need help improving their reading, mathematics, and survival skills may signup in the VITAL offices on the 2nd Floor of the library or call 349-3173. Ability levels range from non-readers to "pretty good" readers, native speakers of English, and English as a second language.

    Who can be a Tutor? Volunteers who want to help other adults gain reading, writing, and math literacy skills or English language skills.

    Qualifications? A positive attitude and creative problem solving skills are most important.

    Through one-on-one tutoring, tutors furnish assistance and encouragement to out of school young people and adults with reading difficulties.

    Both tutors and learners can find more information about the program on the VITAL homepage.

  • Logging into My Account to search, place requests, etc.

    You may search the library catalog without logging in to your account; however to use many of the features of the online catalog you must be logged in. After logging in you may see the items that are checked out to you, renew items, manage your requests, access your reading history (if you have activated this feature), change your password, update your information and access other features of the system.

    The Login option is available on any page of the website under the My Account tab.

    Always remember to logout of your account when you are finished, especially if you are using a shared computer.

  • Searching the library catalog

    You can search the library's catalog via the Internet from a remote location or from a computer in the library. Searching for books and other materials can be as simple or as focused as you wish. You can simply type a word or phrase and click Go, or you can search by author, title, location, format, or other characteristics and combine search terms. For help searching the catalog, ask one of the Librarians at the Help desks or use the Help available within the catalog.

  • Reserving/requesting items

    Items may be reserved for you by library staff at help desks, by phone or through the library catalog online or from terminals within the library. Once the items are ready for pickup, notification will be sent to you either by email, phone, or USPS mail depending upon the notification option you have chosen. You can change your notification preference by logging in to your account and making the change in the Contact Information and Preferences area.

    You may choose where to pick up items during the process of placing the request.

    Detailed instructions for reserving items are available.

  • Requesting items that are "In" i.e. on the shelf

    Items that have a status of "In" may be requested to be held at any library pickup location. This may be done by logging into your account and then placing the request and choosing the pickup location. After placing an online request, you must wait for the notification that the item is ready to be picked up.

    For faster service, you may call us to request items that the catalog shows as "In", and may pick up abailable materials whenever the library is open.

  • Managing your requests list

    On the opening view of your online "My Account," your "hold requests" total is listed on the right side of the page. You can see the list of these and manage them (cancel, suspend, see your position in the list) using the tabs near the top of the page.

  • Placing a request (hold) on an item that is "on order"

    As soon as the item has been ordered by the library, you may place a hold. You can use the "Saved Search" feature in your library account to alert you via email when an item has been added to our collection. The email includes a link to the catalog so you can easily click and place a hold. You may keep several "Saved Searches" using specific authors, titles or broader subjects. See Creating Saved Searches for more information.

  • Renewing items checked out to you

    You may renew items checked out to you as long as the item is renewable, you still have renewals left and there is not a waiting list for the item.

    To renew items, login into your account, choose the Items Out/Renew tab near the top of the screen, select the item(s) you want to renew and then click on the "Renew Selected Items" or "Renew All Items" button. A confirmation message will appear letting you know if the renewals were allowed.

    You may also renew your items in person at a checkout desk or by phone by calling 349-3090.

  • Keeping a list of items checked out in the past

    You can view a list of items that you have checked out in the past by activating the "Maintain Reading List" feature.

    After logging into your account, look for the check box called "Maintain Reading List" in the "Contact Information and Preferences" area. Check the box and then click on the "Submit Change Request" button.

    Now, each time you check out a book, CD, DVD, or other item, it will be added to your reading history. To view your reading history, log into your account. Click the Reading History link on the green toolbar near the top of the page.

    If you no longer want to maintain a reading history, go to "Contact Information and Preferences". Click on the box for "Maintain Reading List" to remove the green checkmark, then click the "Submit" button.

  • Suspending your holds to delay checkout

    Occasionally you may not want a request you have placed to come in until after a certain date in the future. For example, if you were going to be out of town and you think there is a good chance one or some of your holds might come in while you are gone. You can do this by using the "suspend/re-activate" holds function available to you when you are logged into your account.

    Use the online "suspend/re-activate" holds function to better control getting your holds when you can use them. You do not lose your place in line by using the suspend feature. See Suspending and Reactivating Holds for detailed instructions.

    Once a title is processed for a hold (in "Shipped" or "Held" status), the request is filled and cannot be suspended.

  • Create a username for your library account

    You may create a Username for your account so that you don't have to always know your library card number to access various features on your account. To do this, go to the My Account login page and click on the "Create Username" link that is directly under the "Username or Barcode" box. Follow the instructions to create your Username.

    The Username should not be used to login to the library's public computers or various other connected services such as Indiana Digital Media or Freegal. You should use your full card # for these.

  • Creating and managing "Saved Searches"

    Would you like to receive emails that let you know when new books of interest to you are added to the library catalog? You can do that with Saved Searches.  Here are detailed instructions on how to create and manage Saved Searches.

  • Using the "My Lists" feature

    Sometimes we stumble upon a title in the catalog that we'd like to checkout, but--for any number of reasons--we're not able or ready to check it out. You can save titles in a "My List" in your online account. Lists are interactive with the library catalog so you can click the title and place a hold easily. See Creating a List of Titles for instructions.

  • Changing your password or username

    To change your Password or Username, log in using Login to My Account, open the "Change Logon" section and enter the required information. The changes will be in effect immediately.

  • Updating your information

    You may request changes to your account info by logging into My Account and opening the Contact Information and Preferences section. You may change your email address, phone #, username, password, preference for receiving library notices (mailing address, email address, phone, txt msg), and email notice format (HTML or plain text). Address changes must be approved by library staff, enter the changes and submit the form or contact us at 349-3090.

  • Picking up an item at the location of your choice

    It is easy to make a request that an item be held for you at a pickup location of your choice. Detailed instructions are available on how to have an item that is on the Bookmobile, at the Main Bloomington library or at the Ellettsville Branch transferred to any other location.

  • Request an item that we do not own through Interlibrary Loan

    We may be able to borrow an item for you from another library. There are several restrictions on this service, so please read our policy before requesting something through Interlibrary Loan. Call the Information Desk at 349-3228 for more information.

  • Request that the library purchase an item to be added to our collection

    We welcome your suggestions for titles to be added to the Library. Actual purchases will be based on our Collection Development Policy, availability, and available funding.

    You may request that the library purchase an item by filling out the Suggestion for Purchase form.

  • About the Friends of the Library

    The Friends of Monroe County Public Library support the mission, vision, and values of the library. The Friends advocate for Monroe County Public Library and support library collections, services, programs, and staff development.

  • Donate materials to the Bookstore

    We always need books--old or new, unopened or well-loved. Cassette tapes, artwork, VHS movies, DVDs, music CDs and vinyl records are also gladly accepted. If you have magazines you'd like to donate, please call us first at (812) 349-3083, because our needs vary.

    You may donate in several ways at the checkout desks and the Bookstore.

    If you have questions about these guidelines or about making a donation to the Friends of the Library Bookstore, please call 812-349-3083 or check our website.

  • Donations to the Friends of the Library

    Donations, memberships, and gifts to the Friends of the Library support the Library's vital role in our community.

    There are many ways to donate to support the the Monroe County Public Library.

    All memberships and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

     

  • Join the Friends of the Library

    The Friends of the Library are members of the community just like you - people who value the library and its services. We think of ourselves as the library's best friends. Membership in the Friends of the Library is open to all who wish to support the Library's vital role in our community. Visit the Friends site to become a member.

    The Friends of the Library, also known as the Monroe County Public Library Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

    We collect and administer the grants, gifts, bequests, and other monies (outside of local tax receipts) that help make the library's many programs such an integral part of our community.

    All memberships and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed.

  • Bookstore location and hours

    The Friends of the Library Bookstore is located on the 1st Floor of the Main Bloomington library at the back of the Movie and Music Department.

    Bookstore hours are:

    Tuesdays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sundays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Parking at and around the library

    At the Main Bloomington library, parking is available in the library parking lot (enter from 6th St.), in several city lots and garages near the library, and on the streets around the library. Be sure to read the signs posted wherever you park as the city parking regulations vary depending on the location, day of the week and time of day. A Parking Map is available to help you navigate parking options.

    At the Ellettsville Branch, parking is available in the main library parking lot at Sale & Temperance Streets. Parking is also available North of the library - enter from Vine St.

  • Donate materials to the Bookstore

    We always need books--old or new, unopened or well-loved. Cassette tapes, artwork, VHS movies, DVDs, music CDs and vinyl records are also gladly accepted. If you have magazines you'd like to donate, please call us first at (812) 349-3083, because our needs vary.

    You may donate in several ways at the checkout desks and the Bookstore.

    If you have questions about these guidelines or about making a donation to the Friends of the Library Bookstore, please call 812-349-3083 or check our website.

  • About the Friends of the Library

    The Friends of Monroe County Public Library support the mission, vision, and values of the library. The Friends advocate for Monroe County Public Library and support library collections, services, programs, and staff development.

  • Donate materials to the Bookstore

    We always need books--old or new, unopened or well-loved. Cassette tapes, artwork, VHS movies, DVDs, music CDs and vinyl records are also gladly accepted. If you have magazines you'd like to donate, please call us first at (812) 349-3083, because our needs vary.

    You may donate in several ways at the checkout desks and the Bookstore.

    If you have questions about these guidelines or about making a donation to the Friends of the Library Bookstore, please call 812-349-3083 or check our website.

  • Donations to the Friends of the Library

    Donations, memberships, and gifts to the Friends of the Library support the Library's vital role in our community.

    There are many ways to donate to support the the Monroe County Public Library.

    All memberships and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

     

  • ESL tutoring

    Any adult who needs to improve ESL English language skills or needs help improving their reading, mathematics, and survival skills may sign up with the VITAL office (349-3173) on the 2nd Floor of the library.

    VITAL coordinates tutoring for ESL and basic literacy learners.

  • Homework help

    Math Homework Help
    Get FREE help with MATH and math related SCIENCE assignments: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, ISTEP and SAT review. Drop-in. No registration necessary.

    Reading and Writing Homework Help
    Drop in anytime during the evening for tutoring help on writing papers and reading critically. Bring your assignments, texts or a draft of your paper saved on a flash drive. For middle school and high school students only.

  • Volunteers In Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL)

    This is a free community service sponsored by the Monroe County Public Library. Materials and training are provided without charge to the volunteers and learners.

    Who can learn? Any adult who didn't learn to read adequately and now wants to read well enough to deal with everyday needs and reach his/her literacy goals. Any adult who needs to improve ESL English language skills.

    Adults who need help improving their reading, mathematics, and survival skills may signup in the VITAL offices on the 2nd Floor of the library or call 349-3173. Ability levels range from non-readers to "pretty good" readers, native speakers of English, and English as a second language.

    Who can be a Tutor? Volunteers who want to help other adults gain reading, writing, and math literacy skills or English language skills.

    Qualifications? A positive attitude and creative problem solving skills are most important.

    Through one-on-one tutoring, tutors furnish assistance and encouragement to out of school young people and adults with reading difficulties.

    Both tutors and learners can find more information about the program on the VITAL homepage.

  • Instructions for downloading eBooks

    Through the library's website, you can download eBooks to your computer and/or eBook reader through our partner Indiana Digital Media. Use our detailed instructions to start enjoying free eBooks on your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eBook reading device.

  • Instructions for downloading audiobooks

    Through the library's website, you can download audiobooks to your computer for transfer to a portable device through our partner Indiana Digital Media. Use our detailed instructions to start enjoying free audiobooks on your computer or portable listening device.

  • Instructions for downloading music

    Through the library's website, you can download music to your computer for transfer to a portable device through our partner Freegal. Use our detailed instructions to start enjoying free music on your computer or portable listening device.

  • Instructions for downloading video

    Through the library's website, you can download video to your computer through our partner Indiana Digital Media. Use our detailed instructions to start enjoying free video on your computer.

  • Computer classes

    The library offers free computer classes on a variety of topics. Please check out the current schedule of classes. Call us at 349-3228 for more information or chat live with a Reference Librarian.

  • MCPL Computer Use Policy

    The MCPL Computer Use Policy is a library-wide policy for the management of computer data networks and the resources they make available, as well as stand-alone computers that are owned and administered by the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL). The policy reflects the principles of MCPL. It specifies the Library's objectives in providing computing resources for public use, and the responsibilities assumed by the users of such resources.

    In accord with the Indiana Code (IC 36-12-1-12), MCPL performs a public review of this Internet and Computer Use Policy annually.

  • Public computing at the library

    Monroe County Public Library provides free access to computers and basic computer applications--such as word processing and other "productivity" software, the Internet, and Internet resources. At the Main Bloomington library, most public computers are located on the 2nd Floor near the Information Desk. The Children's Department also has public computers primarily for use by children. The Indiana Room has two public computers that may be used for genealogy and local history research. Computers for public use are also located at the Ellettsville Branch library.

  • Time management on library computers

    The library uses a software called EnvisionWare which provides equitable access to the public computers by enforcing a time limit for each user when the computers are in high demand.

    For library card users, the system will extend computing sessions (after prompting the user) by 30 minute increments whenever computers are available. Patrons using library cards can log on and off as often as they please for a grand total of four hours per day. As reservations are made at the Computer Sign-In Station, there is a chance that the computer a patron is using will become reserved by another patron. The person using the computer will be allowed to use the remaining time on their timer, and then the computer must be relinquished to the patron who has the reservation.

    Patrons using a library card are guaranteed an initial 1 hour and a total of 4 hours a day. Time management beyond the first hour controls how long a library card user can stay on a computer. When computers are full, the system determines which computer(s) are eligible to be reserved based on whose time is "up" first.

    Users who do not have a library card can request a one-hour guest pass at the Information Desk.

  • Printing from library computers

    Library card users receive a free print quota of 3 pages per day.  Once you have reached the free quota, each additional page will cost 10 cents, just like photocopying. Patrons using guest passes receive no free printing.

    EnvisionWare uses a print release station to allow users to access and pay for print jobs.  You will be asked to enter your library card number and password at the print release station.  If you used a guest pass to log on the computer, you will enter the guest pass number at the print release station. Once you have entered your library card number and password--or guest pass number--the print release station screen will display your print jobs.  Select the job you wish to print and pay using the coin box.  The print release station coin box accepts coins as well as $1 and $5 bills and will accept a maximum of $5. If you are printing more than that, you will need to break your job(s) up into smaller amounts (less than $5).

  • Wireless Internet access at the library

    With a wireless-enabled laptop or PDA you can access the Internet throughout either Bloomington or Ellettsville's public services areas--wherever you choose. Wireless access at MCPL is high-speed and free.

  • Your privacy while using library computers

    EnvisionWare only keeps track of the time you have spent using the computer during one day.  At the end of the day, all patron data is deleted.  EnvisionWare provides general reports on computer usage, but the report data is not tied to individual patrons. 

    Wireless networking is insecure. What you send and receive can be intercepted and scrutinized by someone else using a similar device. The Monroe County Public Library assumes no responsibility for the configurations, security, or files on your laptop or other wireless device resulting from connection to the library's network. Information sent to or from your laptop or other wireless device can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software.

    Acquaint yourself with MCPL's Privacy Policy Regarding Web and E-mail Communications.

  • Meeting rooms overview

    The library makes its meeting rooms available during library hours to Monroe County nonprofit groups and local units of government free of charge. Rooms at the Main Library are available to local businesses for a fee established annually by the Board of Trustees. To reserve space for a group, you must have a library card from MCPL and be at least 18 years old.

    Please make all room requests at least a week in advance. Requests made less than 72 hours before a meeting, must be requested and confirmed in person or by telephone (812-349-3050), and will not appear on the weekly calendar of library events and public meetings (Monday-Sunday) posted on library information kiosks and in the elevators.

    More information on Public Meeting Rooms will help you plan your event.

  • List of meeting rooms

    Rooms come in a standard configuration. If groups decide to use a different room setup, they must return the room to its original configuration before leaving. Meeting Room Setups and restrictions will help you determine what room you need.

  • Gallery space

    The library provides display and exhibit space, referred to as the Gallery Space, as part of its mission to be a gathering space. The gallery is available to individuals and nonprofit groups. To be eligible to reserve exhibit/display space, you must have a library card from MCPL and be at least 18 years old. If you are interested, please acquaint yourself with the policies and procedures of the Gallery Space.

     

  • Meeting room policy

    The library administration has written procedures for the use and scheduling of the meeting rooms that are in the best interest of the library and the community. A meeting room application must be completed to reserve a meeting room.

    The Library Board of Trustees sets the policy governing use of the public meeting rooms. Read the entire policy.

  • Art exhibit and display policy

    Monroe County Public Library provides art exhibit and display spaces for public use. The Art Exhibit and Display Policy is developed in accordance with the library's mission, vision and values. Exhibit and display spaces are available to individuals and community nonprofit groups on equal terms regardless of opinion or affiliation. The library does not sponsor nor endorse the views of any individual or group using the exhibit and display spaces.

    Our Art Exhibit and Display policy gives a complete overview of our policy.

  • Disability services

    Disability services at MCPL include delivery of materials to homebound patrons, library equipment for persons with disabilities and special collections for persons with disabilities.

  • Bookmobile stops and times

    The Bookmobile stops at a number of locations around Monroe County every week.

    Materials not available on the Bookmobile may be requested from the Main Library and then delivered to your nearest Bookmobile stop. You may also return materials checked out from the Main Library or Ellettsville Branch to the Bookmobile.

  • Other Outreach services

    The Community Outreach Department of Monroe County Public Library is dedicated to delivering library services and materials to patrons outside the walls of the library building, throughout Monroe County. In addition to the Bookmobile, other services include:

    - Homebound Service - Book delivery for patrons confined to their homes.
    - Outreach Van - Delivers library materials to area nursing homes and daycares.
    - Jail Library Service - A library for inmates at the Monroe County Jail.

  • Pan-Asian collection

    The Pan Asian collection consists of materials in Korean, Japanese and Chinese. We have newspapers and magazines that are widely read in those countries. Our DVD collection consists of movies and television series that are popular in China, Japan and Korea. We have music CD's from groups that might not be as well known in this country but are very well know in their home countries. Our ESL materials are targeted toward those wanting to learn English but need the instructions in their native language. We collect a broad range of materials that would appeal to native speakers, those wanting to learn to speak Chinese, Japanese or Korean or those who are interested in learning more about these cultures.

    Talk to the Reference Librarians at the Information Desk (349-3228) for more information about this collection.

  • El Centro Comunal Latino

    El Centro Comunal Latino is a grassroots, community-based organization that seeks to provide an accessible and safe space for all Latinos, with a focus on Spanish-speaking people, to find information, access to resources and a place to hold community events. El Centro Comunal Latino also seeks to promote communication and understanding among service agencies and the Latino community in order to facilitate their integration and encourage active Latino(a) participation in the greater Bloomington community (Monroe County) .

    The El Centro Comunal Latino office (812-355-7513) is located in the library - 2nd floor, near the New Book area.

     

  • Spanish collection

    Music compact discs (CDs)
    DVDs and videos
    Toys for children
    Books
    Books with large print
    Books electronic (e-books)
    Books on cassette
    Photoromance
    Computer programs
    Magazines

  • Library databases overview

    The library makes available through our website many online databases. Some are available only within the library building (Bloomington or Ellettsville or both); some are available from Internet computers outside the library with a library card. Browse the complete listing of available databases.

  • Genealogy databases

    The library subscribes to several genealogy databases:

    - Ancestry Library Edition (available only within the library: Bloomington and Ellettsville)

    - HeritageQuest Online (Open access at the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch or at home with a library card number)

    - Fold3.com (Open access at the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch or at home with a library card number)

    You can see descriptions of these on the A-Z Research Tools page.

  • Foundation Center databases

    The library subscribes to three databases from the Foundation Center:

    - Foundation Center Online Professional

    - Foundation Grants to Individuals

    - Foundation Center's Philanthropy IN/Sight

    These are available only within the Bloomington library. Contact the Indiana Room (349-3080) for information and training.

    The A-Z Research Tools list provides descriptions of these databases.

  • Vehicle repair databases

    The library subscribes to two vehicle repair databases:

    - Mitchell1 (Accessible only at Main Library and Ellettsville Branch)

    - ChiltonLibrary.com (Open access at the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch or at home with a library card number)

    You can see descriptions of these on the A-Z Research Tools page.

  • Consumer databases

    The library subscribes to these consumer databases:

    - ConsumerReports.org (Open access at the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch or at home with a library card number)

    - Reference USA (Open access at the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch or at home with a library card number)

    - GreenFILE (Accessible anywhere without a library card)

    You can see descriptions of these on the A-Z Research Tools page.

  • Help with databases

    Call 349-3228 (FACT) for expert advice on choosing the database for your information needs.

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