Library Cards & Borrowing
Your library card gives you access to all of the resources available to the community at the Normal Public Library. Anyone who lives in Normal is able to get a Normal Public Library card.
If you are 18 or over, you will need to show a photo ID and proof of your Normal address. Proof of address can be a bill, a piece of mail, a lease agreement, your driver’s license or a state ID, or your checkbook. If you are under 18, you will need to bring a parent or legal guardian. You do not need to show a photo ID or proof of address, but your parent or legal guardian does.
Once you have your card in hand start using it—borrow items, log in online, download or stream media, and more! Attend our events and share with your family and friends all the wonderful things available to you with your community library card.
Types of Cards
- Kids Cards are for kids from birth through 11-years-old and will need a parent to have ID and be present
- Teen Cards are for ages 12- through 17-years-old and will need a parent to have ID and be present
- Adult Cards are for residents ages 18-years-old and up
All of these cards allow check out of any item and have access to devices in the library and all of our online resources, including movies, ebooks, and music.
College students are encouraged to get library cards! As long as your dorm, apartment, or house is in Normal, you are entitled to a Normal Public Library card. Be sure to bring along a photo ID and proof of your current Normal address the first time you visit us each school year. Showing your Normal address through the My ISU website will work for proof of address for students.
Renewing Your Card
It is easy to renew. Just let us know if your card is about to expire. Visit us or give us a call if you have a question.
If you are under 18, you will need to bring a parent or legal guardian to renew. You do not need to show a photo ID or proof of address, but your parent or legal guardian might.
Unit 5 Library Card Project
We work with McLean County Unit 5 School District to ensure every elementary student in Unit 5 receives a library card from his or her home library to check out books and access online resources.
NPL is Forever Fine Free!
There are many reasons why we have decided to stop charging overdue fines, but the main one is that overdue fines are widely recognized by professional library organizations as a form of social inequity. The American Library Association and others have conducted multiple studies that show that imposing fines neither teaches responsibility nor motivates borrowers to return items on time. Instead, assessing fees makes patrons less likely to return to the library. It also keeps people from using the library in the first place if they fear being responsible for a fine they cannot pay.
The bottom line is that we want library services to be as equitable and accessible as possible, and removing overdue fines is the best step we can take as an organization towards that goal.
Though we are no longer charging overdue fines, there are still consequences if a patron never returns an item. When one or more items on a patron’s account reaches 28 days overdue, the patron’s account will be billed for those items and no more checkouts will be allowed until the balance is paid or the items are returned.
We trust that our patrons are checking items out with the intention of bringing them back for others to use. Libraries that have removed overdue fines have reported very few adverse effects.
Yes! If you had fines for items that were overdue on your account, you now have a clean slate.
If you had fees on your account due to lost items, damaged items, or collections, you will still need to settle your account to get your card ready to borrow items once again. We are happy to work with you on getting your account back in good standing!
To find out if there is a balance on your account, log in to your account, call us at 309-452-1757, email us at email@example.com, or ask staff at the library.
Fines are daily penalties assessed for the late return of library items. We no longer charge fines at Normal Public Library.
- replacement charges assessed for materials that are lost, unreturned, or returned damaged.
- charges assessed when the situation warrants referral to a collection agency.
Fees are still included as part of the Normal Public Library's return policy.
All DVDs now check out for free! Additionally, Normal Public Library patrons will now be able to request DVDs from other libraries within the Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA) catalog. Previously, Normal Public Library patrons only had access to DVDs in our collection.
If you return an item up to 27 days late, you will not be assessed any overdue fines. However if your item(s) passes 28 days overdue, a replacement cost will be assessed as we will assume the item is lost. If you still have it, you can bring it back and the lost charge will automatically clear from your account.
However, if you wait too long your account may be referred to a collection agency. Accounts that show a balance of $50 and above for more than 21 days are candidates for collection. At that time, a non-negotiable $10 collection fee is assessed to cover the costs that the library incurs by initiating the collection process.
The loss of revenue to the library is minimal, as the overdue fines collected in any given fiscal year make up less than 1% of the library’s overall budget. While that amount is not completely insignificant, we believe that the benefits of making the library more equitable and accessible to our community are more important than the loss of revenue from overdue fines.
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Normal Public Library automatically renews eligible items up to two times. If an item is requested by another patron, it will not be eligible for renewal.
If you would like to renew an item more than two times, we are happy to do that for you as long as there are no holds on that particular item. To request a third renewal, please call us at 309-452-1757.
Your Online Account
You can access your account online 24 hours a day.
Your PIN is your password to log in to your online account.
It should start out as ‘1234’ when you get a library card.
You may want to change your PIN to make sure that your account is secure. If you forget your PIN, please contact us at 309-452-1757 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reset it.
You will need your library card number in order to log in. You can find it on the back of your library card. Normal Public Library numbers start “D03…”
That second digit is a number 0, not the letter ‘O.’ Leave out any spaces that you see in the number.
You can change your PIN from the main My Account page. Just click on “Change my PIN”.
You will need to enter your current PIN and then enter your new PIN twice.
Once you have done this, click the red Send button and you should be set!
To change any of your contact information, please call the library or speak to us during your next visit. It is important that we have your contact information updated.
To see the items that you have checked out, you can click on the “Review My Account” link from the main My Account page.
Under the Account Summary, you will see “Checkouts.” You can click on Checkouts to get detailed information on all of the items that you have checked out.
For each item, you will see when the item is due, how many times you have renewed it, and whether the item is overdue.
Library materials are now renewed automatically. An item will fail to renew if another patron has placed it on hold.
You can place an item on hold through our online catalog, over the phone, or in-person at any of our service desks. When the item becomes available, we will call or email you to let you know it has arrived. Items will be held for seven days.
To check on your holds, you can click on the “Review My Account” link from the main My Account page.
Under the Account Summary, you will see “Holds.” You can click on Holds to get detailed information on all of the items that you have on hold. You can also cancel holds by checking the box next to a hold and clicking the red Cancel Selected Holds button.
You can borrow books from other libraries in our system using holds. In our online catalog, click on the drop-down menu that reads “Normal Public Library” and switch to “All RSA Libraries.” When you find the item you’re looking for, click on Place Hold.
Hold requests may take up to 24 hours to be processed, longer if coming from another library. Hold requests on items that are currently checked out will be placed in queue for the next available copy.
You can sign up to receive text messages to notify you when items are due soon or overdue, when your holds are available, and more using our Shoutbomb service.
To get started, send a text message to 844-225-9458 with this as your message:
SIGNUP+[Your Library Card Number]+[Your PIN]
You will need the + signs, but not the brackets. Confusing? Here’s an example:
The Normal Public Library offers many ways for you to enjoy downloadable content from wherevever you are with your Normal Public Library card. Download or stream thousands of items, including eBooks and eAudiobooks, music, movies, tv shows, and more!
Looking for help with any of our resources? Click on the orange Tutorials button on the right side of our homepage to find informative video tutorials.
A library account with $20 or more in total fees (for lost or damaged items or collection fee) will have library privileges blocked until such time as the account is resolved.
If you live in Bloomington, you can use your Bloomington Public Library card here. The first time you check out here, you will need to bring your BPL card, photo ID, and proof of your Bloomington address with you. Once we have you in our system, you can use your Bloomington card here to check out items. You will not be able to place holds from other libraries and you will not have access to our online resources, but the Bloomington Public Library can help you out with those.
Resource Sharing Alliance
If your library is a member of the Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA), then your card will automatically work here.
You can see a list of RSA member libraries here.
If your library is not a member of RSA but is a member of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), then you will need to register your library card in our system to use it. This is a quick and easy process.
You can see a list of RAILS member libraries here.
1312 Park St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Check Ames Library’s hours here.
The Ames Library is Illinois Weselyan University’s academic library. It offers books, CDs, DVDs, and reference material.
Residents of McLean County may apply for an IWU Library Courtesy Card.
Applicants must show a library card from your home library, a valid driver’s license, and proof of local address.
Ames Library is also home to the Tate Archives & Special Collections. Class visits, independent researchers, and community groups are welcome.
Bloomington Public Library
205 E. Olive St.
Bloomington, IL 61702
Hours: M–Th: 9 am–9 pm, F–Sa: 9 am–5 pm, Su: 1 pm–5 pm
Bloomington Public Library offers books, music, DVDs, and Internet access to its patrons.
Search the BPL catalog
Normal Public Library patrons can check out at the BPL using your Normal library card. You will just need to register the first time you go in.
You will need to show a photo ID, proof of local address, and your Normal library card to register.
Heartland Community College Library
1500 W. Raab Rd.
Normal, IL 61761
Heartland Community College Library offers music, magazines, newspapers, and books.
Residents of Bloomington-Normal and surrounding areas may apply for a Community Borrower’s Card.
Live outside of Bloomington-Normal? See if you are a resident of the eligible area here.
To apply for a Community Borrower’s Card you must be over 18 years old and provide a photo ID and proof of local address.
McLean County Museum of History and Library
200 North Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Access to the library materials is open to the public but certain provisions are required for obtaining copies of archival material.
201 N. School St.
Normal, IL 61761
Hours: M–Th: 7 am–1 am, F: 7 am–10 pm, Sa: 10 am–10 pm, Su: 10 am–1 am
*Hours are subject to change. Check Milner’s hours here.
Milner Library is Illinois State University’s academic library.
Residents of McLean County and surrounding counties may apply for a Milner Courtesy Card to borrow items.
To apply for a Milner Courtesy Card, you must be over 18 years old and provide a photo ID and proof of local address