Collections and Services
Policies and Procedures

Collections and Services


More than 16,000 books and bound journal volumes in the fields of optometry, ophthalmology and vision science are in the Optometry Library collection. Areas of special collecting intensity include Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology and Pathology of Visual Systems of Humans and Animals; General Optics; Visual and Color Perception, Alternative or Controversial Approaches to Vision Care, and the History of Optometry. Use IUCAT to find books in the Optometry Library.

New books are placed on display at the Circulation Desk for one week before circulating. Recent acquisitions list shows the most recently received book titles.

Unbound journals are displayed alphabetically by title on shelves at the east end of the Optometry Library . State journals and newsletters are available in a display stand near the Circulation Desk. Bound journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the north wall near the stacks. Use IUCAT to find out what journal titles are held by the Optometry Library.

Reserve items include required and supplementary reading materials for courses, high use models/equipment/materials, Boards review books, and reference information. Reserve items filed under individual instructor names are also available.  All reserve items may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk.

Over 13,000 uncataloged items are kept in file cabinets stored in the library. These vertical files include historical materials relating to the IU School of Optometry, optical equipment manuals, faculty reprints, and American Optometric Association(AOA) materials. Please ask at the desk for assistance.

Document Delivery Services

Through IU Document Delivery Service, you may request books from other IU libraries state-wide to be delivered to the IU library of your preference. Items not owned by any IU library, or articles from journals not owned by any IU Bloomington library, can also be borrowed from other institutions through this service.


IUCAT is the online catalog of the IU Libraries. Use IUCAT to tell you about specific holdings for most materials in the Optometry Library and the other IU Libraries as well as the current circulation status of those items.

Policies and Procedures

Loan Periods for most books are as follows:

  • Faculty: 120 days
  • Graduate Students: 120 days
  • Undergraduate students: 45 days
  • IU staff: 120 days
  • Non IU Borrowers: 30 days
  • Reserve books: 2 hours

Some reserve item use may be restricted to use in the library and/or Student Academic Area .


Certain high-demand library and non-library materials are placed on reserve by faculty and are kept behind the circulation desk. The loan period for most reserve materials is two hours. Reserve books may be taken out overnight if checked out within two hours of closing. These overnight loans are to be returned to the library within one hour after the next opening. Reserve items may be renewed in person if they have not been requested by another borrower. No telephone renewals or holds for reserve materials will be accepted.


All circulating library materials except reserve items may be renewed in person or via email; or patrons may log in to their library account.  Reserve items must be renewed in person. Renewal requests can be sent electronically to our e-mail account Renewals are permitted if no one else has requested the material.


Overdue fines for regular loans

  • $ .25 Per Day
  • $12.50 Maximum overdue fine

Overdue fines for reserve loans

  • $ .02 Per minute

Fines for a recalled item not returned in 7 days

  • $25.00

Bills for unreturned material

  • Replacement cost*: $100.00
  • Billing fee: $5.00
  • Database adjustment fee: $20.00
  • Overdue fine--book: $12.50

*The replacement cost may vary depending on the availability and value of the item.


Revised: October 27, 2015