Collections

7-Day Books

We want to make sure that as many people as possible get a chance to read our new fiction books.  That’s why we have our 7-Day Books – new fiction items that check out for seven days, rather than the standard three weeks.

New fiction books will remain 7-Day Books for the first year that we have them in our collection.  After that, they will become regular three-week fiction books.

Checkout Limit: Unlimited Number
Checkout Length: 1 Week
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ Per Day

Audiobooks

The Normal Public Library is very proud of our huge collection of audiobooks.  We have fiction, non-fiction, and instructional titles in many different formats and for all ages.

CD

This format is pretty standard.  We’re sure you’ve run into it before!

MP3s

We offer MP3 audiobooks that squeeze an entire book onto one disc.

You won’t be able to play an MP3 audiobook on a standard CD player.  But you should be able to listen to one on your computer or in many newer cars.

You can also save the MP3 files onto your computer and transfer them to an MP3 player, like your iPod, or even to your smartphone.

Playaways

A Playaway is a self-contained audiobook – about the size of a deck of playing cards.  You can just plug your headphones directly into the Playaway and start listening.  It has a built-in set of controls to rewind, fast-forward, etc.

You’ll need a battery and a set of headphones to use a Playaway.

Learn how to use your Playaway in your car here.

Downloadables

We also have a great collection of audiobooks that you can download from your home computer!

Please note that the check-out information listed below does not apply to our downloadables.  The checkout limit and length vary.  The good news?  No fines!

Check out our downloadable audiobooks here.

Checkout Limit: 6 of Each Type
Checkout Length: 3 Weeks
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ Per Day

Book and CD Kits

Our Children’s Department offers kits that contain both a written version of a picture book and the audiobook version so that children can listen as they read.

Checkout Limit: 6 Items
Checkout Length: 3 Weeks
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ per day

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Children’s Books

We have a wonderful collection of children’s books.

Our Children’s Departments has materials aimed at kids from birth through sixth grade.

You’ll find picture books, board books, fiction and nonfiction, and so much more.

Checkout Limit: Unlimited Number
Checkout Length: 3 Weeks
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ Per Day

Computer Games

We have a limited collection of computer games.

You may also be interested in our video games.

Checkout Limit: Two Items
Checkout Length: 1 Week
Checkout Cost: Free
Renewal: Once
Fines:
10¢ Per Day

DVDs

If you haven’t taken a look at our DVD collection, we think you’ll be shocked.  We have tons and tons of great movies and TV shows.

You can check out DVDs for a full week and can even get whole seasons of tv shows for just $1!  It’s an amazing deal.

Checkout Limit: 15 Items
Checkout Length: 1 Week
Checkout Cost: $1
Renewal: Once with Payment of an Additional Dollar
Fines: 25 cents per day

E-books

That’s right!  You can check out e-books from the library!

You can download e-books and either read them right on your computer or transfer them to another device.

Did you know that you don’t need a Nook or a Kindle to read an e-book?  You can use your iPad, your laptop, even your smartphone!

Check out our downloadable e-books here.

Checkout Limit: Varies
Checkout Length: Varies
Renewal: None
Fines: None

Fiction

We know that a lot of our patrons love a good novel and we are happy to provide you with thousands of choices.

In addition to our huge General Fiction Section, we also have several Genre Sections where you can find our Mystery, SciFi & Fantasy, and Western books.

Our Paperback Fiction has even more genres broken out, with sections for Romance and Inspirational.

Checkout Limit: Unlimited Number
Checkout Length: 3 Weeks
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ Per Day

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Graphic Novels

We have a sizable collection of Graphic Novels in both our Teens section and our Children’s Department.

Graphic Novels could be compared to comic books – just longer.  But you’ll find Graphic Novels are about a lot more than just super heroes!  They can be an any topic you can imagine, both fiction and nonfiction.

Checkout Limit: Unlimited Number
Checkout Length: 3 Weeks
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ Per Day

Large Print

We are proud to offer a large selection of Large Print books – both fiction and non-fiction.

Want to read a book in Large Print but can’t find it in our collection?  Let us know and we can see if another library in the system has it.  We’ll be happy to bring it here for you to check out!

Learn more about borrowing books from other libraries here.

You may also be interested in our e-books.  Their text size is generally re-sizable, so you can make any of them Large Print.

Learn more about our e-books here.

Checkout Limit: Unlimited Number
Checkout Length: 3 Weeks
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ Per Day

Magazines

We have well over a hundred different magazine subscriptions for you to check out at the library.

We keep the current issue of each magazine on our shelves so that it’s always there for you to read when you come in.  Previous issues are available to check out.

We keep issues from the current year and all the way back through the previous year.

We also have digital magazines available through Zinio.  Access full magazines like Consumer Reports, ESPN, Forbes, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, and many more from your computer, phone, or tablet!  No wait lists, limits, or checkout periods.

And we have reference copies of Consumer Reports at our Reference Desk.

Checkout Limit: Unlimited Number
Checkout Length: 1 Week
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ Per Day

Music

With thousands of CDs  in our collection, you’re sure to find something you love.

We have music across all genres and a great selection of CDs for kids.

Normal Public Library patrons can also use Freegal, which allows you to download three MP3s each week for free to keep forever.

Learn more about Freegal here.

Checkout Limit: 15 Items
Checkout Length: 1 Week
Checkout Cost: Free
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ Per Day

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Newspapers

The NPL receives more than a dozen different newspapers.

We have local papers from Champaign/Urbana, Decatur, Peoria, and St. Louis and national papers like USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

And, of course, we have the Pantagraph, the Normalite, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun Times.

Newspapers Cannot Be Checked Out

Video Games

We are excited to offer video games to check out.

We have games for Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Wii.

Want to help us grow this collection?  We love donations of games that you aren’t playing anymore!

Checkout Limit: Two Items Total
Checkout Length: 1 Week
Checkout Cost: Free
Renewal: Once
Fines: $1 Per Day

Reference

Our Reference Section is full of great resources, like encyclopedias, Consumer Reports, Value Line, and NADA Used Car Guides.

Explore the reference materials on your own, or stop by our Service Desk and ask one of our librarians for help.

We also have lots of online resources, most of which you can access from home, too!

Check out our online resources here.

Reference materials are for use at the library.

Seeds

You can now borrow seeds from our Seed Library!  Seeds do not need to be checked out on your library card and never have late fees. We encourage you to take as many seeds as you would like to use.

The Seed Library is sustained by donations from our patrons, so if you check out a seed, we’d love for you to save some of the seeds from the plants that you grow and bring them back.

Learn more about the Seed Library here.

Checkout Limit: None
Checkout Length: Unlimited
Fines: None

Teen

Teens, come on out and browse the section that’s tailored just for you!

We have tons of teen novels, series books, award winners, paperbacks, non-fiction, and graphic novels.

Checkout Limit: Unlimited Number
Checkout Length: 3 Weeks
Renewal: Once
Fines: 10¢ Per Day

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