Library of Things

Take borrowing to the next level with this collection of items you might not expect to find at a library!

compassAdventure Backpacks

Adventure Backpacks contain several useful items for your outdoor adventure including identification guides (flowers, trees, birds), outdoor tools (binoculars, compass, multi-tool, flashlight) and a voucher allowing for free admission to any Indiana State Park. Learn more.


seedlingSeed Library

The Seed Library is a collection of non-invasive, non-GMO seeds that you can take to plant at home. Seeds are available in The Commons on the second floor of the Main Library. Learn more.


launchpadLaunchpad Tablets

Pre-loaded with content for kids, designed with an easy-to-use interface, and 100% secure, Playaway Launchpad tablets are made to be passed from one set of hands to the next. Find a Launchpad with the experience you want, then start exploring!


storytime kitStorytime Kits

The Library’s storytime kits provide themed books, props, and suggested activities to support early literacy skills in a home or preschool setting. Kits are available at the Main Library, but can be placed on hold for pickup at the Ellettsville Branch or the Bookmobile. Learn more.



From puzzles and toy blocks, to rattles and musical toys, the Library's toys for checkout are geared from those age birth–4. Toys are available at the Main Library, but can be placed on hold for pickup at the Ellettsville Branch or the Bookmobile. View toys in the catalog.


ukuleleUkulele Kits

Ukulele kits are made possible through a generous contribution by the Bloomington Ukulele Club. Ukulele kits are available in Level Up at the Main Library and include a tuner, an information sheet, and a chord chart so you can start learning.


energy monitorEnergy Monitors

TrickleStar Plug-In Energy Monitors help you understand how much power your home appliances use. Plug in your appliances to identify power hogs and faulty appliances. Monitors are available at the Main Library and Ellettsville Branch. They can also be placed on hold for pickup on the Bookmobile.


flash driveFlash Drives

16 GB USB flash drives are available for checkout in Level Up at the Main Library. Flash drives are great for storing and moving your files, photos, and videos. Flash drives are erased upon return to the Library.


mobile hotspotMobile Hotspots

Looking for free, unrestricted internet access at home or on the go? Check out a mobile hotspot to easily connect up to five personal devices at once. Mobile hotspots can be used anywhere that receives a T-Mobile cellular signal. Hotspots are available at the Main Library, the Ellettsville Branch, and the Bookmobile. Learn more.