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Improvements and Changes to the Indiana Room

Indiana Room

About the Indiana Room

The Indiana Room is an essential part of Monroe County Public Library. It’s collection and services are intended to support research of genealogical and regional, historical interests. The Indiana Room space is a place for multipurpose and quiet study.

Assistance with Research and Using the Indiana Room

Food for Fines 2015

Food for Fines at the Library Runs October 16–25

Monroe County Public Library is holding a food drive for Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Friday, October 16–Sunday, October 25, at both the Main Library in downtown Bloomington and the Ellettsville Branch. Everyone is invited to help their neighbors in need by bringing in non-perishable food items during Library hours to help restock the shelves at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, a United Way Agency that provides food support to over 100 nonprofit agencies. 

It’s win-win for patrons who have overdue fines. For each item of food donated, the Library takes $1.00 off their fines. No fine? The Library welcomes all donations of non-perishable food items in good condition.

The Food Bank is especially in need of canned protein, such as tuna, beans, meat, soup with meat or beans, and peanut butter—brain food for kids. Other healthy food items include low-sugar cereals, bags of rice or beans, powdered milk, and fruit canned in its own juice. Donated food must be unopened and not expired.

Year after year, the generosity of library patrons and community members have collected thousands of pounds of food for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

The Main Library in Bloomington is open 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday–Saturday; and Noon–6 p.m. on Sunday. The Ellettsville Branch is open 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday–Saturday; and 1–5 p.m. on Sunday.

Monroe County Public Library Adds More Sunday Hours

Monroe County Public Library's hours are changing for the first time in 25 years, highlighted by 2 additional open hours on Sundays at the Main Library in downtown Bloomington. Beginning September 2, the Library's new hours will be:

Main Library Hours

Monday–Thursday .... 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday–Saturday .... 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sunday .... Noon–6 p.m.

Ellettsville Branch Hours

Monday–Thursday .... 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday–Saturday .... 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sunday .... 1–5 p.m.

The Library's decision to increase Sunday hours at the Main Library is driven be three factors—the request for "expanded weekend hours" in the Library’s 2012 Community Survey, the recent addition of parking meters in downtown Bloomington that have created new barriers to Library service for many, and interest expressed by the Board of Trustees to review hours for the first time in 25 years. 

“Our goal with the hour shift is to make it easier for people to visit the library,” says Library Director, Sara Laughlin. “We’d like to see those people who have not been coming because of the parking or because of the schedule.”

With the expansion of Sunday hours, the Library also hopes to make downtown Bloomington a Sunday destination for community members. The new Sunday hours will provide more opportunities for community organizations to host meetings and events at the Library. Downtown businesses and community organizations can contact the Library for partnership opportunities and to book meeting rooms or the auditorium. 

With the newly renovated auditorium about to open, the Library will be hosting a greater variety of entertainers and programs. Sunday program highlights in the new auditorium this fall include:

  • Talk Like a Pirate, with The Pirate Flags from 4–5 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. Live music with Bloomington’s own band of scurrilous rogues, The Pirate Flags.
  • Silver Screen Sundays at 3 p.m. every fourth Sunday: 9/28, 10/26, 11/23. Classic movies on the big screen.
  • "Good Night and May God Bless" from 2–3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 19. Storyteller Stephanie Holman on the early life of Hoosier Red Skelton.
  • Nutcracker Fantasy from 2–3 p.m. on Sunday, November 16. Dancers from IU Jacobs School of Music perform The Nutcracker ballet.
  • Gustafer Yellowgold's Show from 1:30–2:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 30. Morgan Taylor's multimedia performance featuring his character Gustafer.

In order to add the additional hours on Sunday, the Main Library shifted its Friday and Saturday hours to 10 a.m.–6 p.m.  The Ellettsville Branch hours also shifted slightly.  The branch will now be open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturdays.

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