Ask anybody: between our vision of an inclusive, engaged community and the value we place on respect and service, the Library's the friendliest place in town. Just recently, in fact, we got the attention of Dementia Friendly Indiana, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with dementia, for the work we do to welcome and support this audience.

Now, with DFI's help, the Downtown Library is certified as a Dementia Friendly Location in Bloomington by IU Health. As part of the certification process, Library Staff has received special training in how to best serve people affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Together with the free programs like the Caregiver University series we offer regularly in partnership with IU Health's Alzheimer's Resource Service, our new certification means the Library's not just extra-friendly: we're that much more accessible to all members of our community.

Learn more about the Library's commitment to accessibility and equitable access on our Accessibility Services page.