Did you know the Downtown Library offers unique items for check out like mobile hotspots, energy monitors, book club kits, seeds, toys, and outdoor adventure backpacks? They’re part of our Library of Things!

A Library of Things is a collection of items for loan that expands the boundaries of traditionally defined library materials, meeting the needs of our diverse and growing community.

Beginning May 1, we’re adding two new items to this collection––iPads and Mobile Video Production Kits!

Our cellular-enabled iPads are pre-loaded with apps and programs for everyday use! WiFi access is not needed and iPads come with unlimited data. The collection offers you an opportunity to use something you might not come across otherwise, or to “try before you buy.” This collection is funded by a City of Bloomington Digital Equity Grant.

Want to capture high-quality material for your creative project? Our Mobile Video Production Kits give you access to recording equipment to use with your own smartphone anytime and anywhere. Kits include an adjustable tripod for stability, a lapel microphone for quality audio, and an adjustable light.

These items will be located in the new Library of Things physical space at the Downtown Library (next to the DVD collection) when they’re not checked out. Our other adult Library of Things items have moved to this space as well. Children’s Library of Things items, like launchpads, toys, and storytime kits, can be found in the Downtown Library Children’s Room.

All items can also be placed on hold to pick up at the Downtown Library, Ellettsville Branch, or Bookmobile. View the collection. Take borrowing to the next level!