The Library's community outreach services expand access to Library materials and resources by reducing barriers of literacy, mobility, and geography. We are dedicated to providing equitable access to information and opportunities for everyone in our community to read, learn, connect, and create.
In service since 1929, the Bookmobile is the Library on wheels, with around 30 weekly stops throughout Monroe County. It offers ever-changing collections of high-demand materials for all ages including bestselling books, recent and classic movies on DVD, audiobooks, music CDs, magazines, and more. The Bookmobile also offers holds pick-up, materials return, and staff information assistance.
Library volunteers and staff provide personalized delivery of Library materials to those unable to visit our physical locations due to physical disability, extended illness, or significant transportation problems. Items are delivered once a month.
The Outreach Van provides Library materials to residents of assisted living and senior living facilities. Its lobby stops and deposit collections help meet the needs of patrons who cannot access other Library offerings.
VITAL offers a safe, respectful learning environment for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math, or English language skills. Additionally, VITAL’s Step One helps adults meet their computer literacy goals in an informal, teacher and technology-assisted environment.
Bloomington loves bikes! From the Little 500 bicycle race, to the B-Line and Clear Creek trails, community members bike for fun, fitness, and profit. Now, with the Friends of the Library’s support, the Library has joined our community’s bicycle movement, bringing Library services to new neighborhoods and populations in our "Bicycle Friendly Community"!
In partnership with Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Friends of the Library, the Library brings you Story Walk, a page-by-page reading and walking journey at the City's Butler Park. Each stop on the Story Walk offers a fun reading activity designed to build literacy skills while having fun as a family.
We provide early literacy support for Head Start locations and other preschool facilities through on-site programming, book deliveries, and Every Child Ready to Read workshops.
In existence since 1986, Jail Library Service is a cooperative agreement between the Monroe County Correctional Center and the Monroe County Public Library. The Jail Library circulates over 1,000 books a month.