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Save Money : With Your Bloomington Public Library Card Let Us Count the Ways

Bloomington Public Library offers free library cards to Bloomington residents and residents of the Golden Prairie Public Library District, which includes the townships of Arrowsmith, Old Town, Bloomington, Dale, and Dawson.

You may think that a library card is all about checking out books — and that’s certainly a solid perk — but what many fail to realize is that library cards allow their owners to take advantage of free, money-saving online resources, the majority of which are accessible 24/7 from the cardholder’s home.

Below are 12 of the library’s most popular free online perks:

Streaming movies and TV shows

From classics like Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, to modern releases like Growing up Smith and the television series The Librarians (our unbiased favorite), the library offers access to hundreds of movies and TV shows through Hoopla. This resource can be streamed via computer, tablet, smartphone, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Fire TV. Comics, eBooks, and eAudio books are also offered. Patrons can check out up to seven items per month from Hoopla. App available.

Access to literally thousands of eBooks and audiobooks
The library’s premier resource for eBooks and audiobooks is Overdrive/My Media Mall. For free, patrons can download best-selling eBooks and digital audiobooks to their computer or mobile device. App available.

Online courses and Project Management test prep
Via Lynda.com, the library offers patrons more than 2,400 online courses which focus on business, technology, and personal development. One of Lynda.com’s best perks is that it offers the prep courses for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam.

Support for beginning readers
BookFLIX, a product of Scholastic, pairs fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction titles to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts. BookFLIX offers some pairings in Spanish and offers lesson plans and curriculum correlations for educators.

Live tutoring in English and Spanish
Brainfuse HelpNow offers live, one-on-one, online tutoring daily from 2–11pm. Assistance is offered for those studying K–12 course work, college course work, ACT prep, and SAT prep.

Help with resume writing, interview skills, GED prep, and U.S. citizenship test prep
Brainfuse JobNow helps job searchers prepare for interviews, receive resume help, and search for local jobs. Live help is available in English and Spanish daily from 2–11pm. JobNow also offers U.S. Citizenship test prep and GED test prep.

Access 154 eMagazines
RBdigital (formerly Zinio) offers cardholders access to 154 eMagazines. Customers never have to put eMagazines on hold. They’re always available and never need to be “returned.” App available.

Learn a foreign language without paying for a class
Mango Languages offers 72 foreign language courses. Whether a user desires to learn Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Yiddish, or one of 68 other languages, Mango will get them started and remember where they left off. Most recently, Mango began offering 21 courses in the user’s native tongue for those learning to speak English. App available.
Free access to product reviews and comparisons
Consumer Reports publishes reviews and comparisons of products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center. Consumer Reports accepts no advertising, pays for the products it tests, and has no shareholders.

DIY car repair
Auto Repair Reference Center is the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information. ARRC contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New procedures, TSBs, and updates are added on a regular basis. All the content in ARRC has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Cultivate independent readers
Kids love the TumbleBooks Library, a collection of animated, talking picture books. This resource also includes TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers.

Dive into genealogical research without subscription fees
For those determined to uncover their family’s history, BPL offers two genealogical research databases —Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest. Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest are the two resources on this list that can only be used while inside the library. All the others can be used from the comfort of one’s home.

Contact 309-828-6093 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about these money-saving online resources.


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