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.


stack of books and coffee cupBook Club Kits

Book club kits for both adults and children are available for a 6-week checkout period. Kits contain 10 copies of a title, discussion questions, and enrichment materials. Learn more.



Casio fx-260 solar powered scientific calculators are available for check out. Calculators have 10+2 Digit LCD display and handle fraction calculations, logarithms/exponents and trig functions.


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. They can also be placed on hold for pickup.


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.



Our cellular-enabled iPads are pre-loaded with apps and programs for everyday use. No access to WiFi is needed!


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!


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.


mobile video production kitMobile Video Production Kits

Mobile Video Production Kits give you access to recording equipment to use with your smartphone anytime and anywhere. Kits include an adjustable tripod for stability, a lapel microphone for quality audio, and an adjustable light. 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.


storytime kitStorytime Kits

Our 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.


take and makeTake and Make Kits

Take and Make Kits come with instructions and all the essential components you'll need to complete a fun crafting project! Most kits are available on a grab-and-go basis for a variety of ages. Pick one up in the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch, or on the Bookmobile! You can also register for Take and Make programs! 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. Returning soon!


ukuleleUkulele Kits

Ukulele kits are made possible through a generous contribution by the Bloomington Ukulele Club. Ukulele kits are available at the Main Library and include a tuner, an information sheet, and a chord chart so you can start learning. Check out these staff picks books and videos to help you learn how to play.