We belong to a library system called the Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA). This is why we can often see other library items in our catalog. Anyone with a home library in the RSA can place a hold on these items. If you are not sure, ask us!

Items for Holds

You may place a hold on any book that is over a year old. We cannot accept requests on new items or any items other than books. For those use our suggest a purchase form.

Placing a Hold

Placing a system-wide hold works just like placing a hold on an item that we own. Learn more about placing holds here.

Interlibrary Loan

If there is an older book you would like that is not in our system of libraries, try an interlibrary loan request. Interlibrary Loan requests are accepted from Town of Normal residents only. You are required to enter your library card number. Also, the library can only request print items at this time.

Bloomington and other residents are referred to their home libraries.

Place a request for interlibrary loan.

Bloomington Patrons and System-Wide Holds

Bloomington Public Library is not a member of the RSA, the same system as NPL. For this reason, Bloomington patrons are not able to place system-wide holds at Normal Public Library. Bloomington patrons may make requests for materials from other libraries through the Bloomington Public Library or place holds on items that belong specifically to the Normal Public Library.