The Indiana University Libraries comprise one of the leading academic research library systems in North America, providing strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. Our mission is to support and strengthen teaching, learning, and research by providing the collections, services, and environments that lead to intellectual discovery.
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On the Bloomington campus, the Herman B Wells Library, with its double towers of Indiana limestone, is the visual center of the multi-library system and primarily supports the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Especially noteworthy are the collections that support IU’s international and area studies, including interdisciplinary research collections developed in the areas of African Studies, Russian and East European Studies, Uralic and Altaic Studies, East Asian Studies, and West European Studies.
The Wells Library, however, is only one entry point to an entire system. You'll also find branch libraries across campus that support specific academic interests. The William and Gayle Cook Music Library, for example, provides resources and services to support the internationally renowned Jacobs School of Music. The Education Library and the Chemistry Library (to name only a few) offer on-site spaces for students and faculty of those schools to study, interact, research, and learn.
The IU Bloomington Libraries rank 14th among member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries.
A team of specialists select, manage, and build our research collections, which include more than 9.9 million books in over 450 languages. The materials support every academic discipline on campus, with an emphasis in the humanities and social sciences. Collections also include journals, maps, films, and sound recordings. Users can access more than 1,871 databases, 60,000 electronic journal titles, and 1.9 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content.
All IU libraries are open to residents of the state as well as to IU faculty and students.