Service continues: Access IU Libraries’ fine arts materials

Wells Library: Ninth Floor Renovation Plans

With new opportunities for access on the horizon - 24-hour access to course reserves, lockable graduate study carrels, study tables with power, and expanded hours of service at Wells Library - IU Libraries’ impressive fine art collections are in the spotlight.

As the move to the ninth floor of the busy Wells Library increases the profile of arts collections, faculty and graduate students will continue to access to the materials and same types of services as offered at the former Fine Arts Library (closed on May 12, 2017). 

The renovation of the ninth floor will be complete in fall 2017. Highlights of the Wells Library ninth floor renovation include:

  • Lockable graduate student carrels
  • Large tables, with power
  • Better lighting
  • Individual study space
  • Faculty studies (an upgrade from faculty carrels)
  • Course reserves with 24 hr. access
  • ADA-compliant shelving and gender neutral restroom
  • Shared tower with Scholars’ Commons state-of-the-art digitization lab

Details for access during the summer of 2017:

Books and bound journals

Use the Libraries’ Request Delivery service for easiest access to fine arts materials in May and June. (Information about Request Delivery)

Going forward, all new books and journals acquired for the growing fine arts collections will be housed in Wells Library. While the majority of the collections will be available in the open stacks in Wells, researchers can request other items for rapid delivery from Auxiliary Library Facility using the Library catalog, IUCAT. The delivery service and ALF storage are important ways Indiana University continues to increase the size of its physical collections.

E-journals and Fine Arts related search tools

Tools such as ARTstor Images, ARTbibliographies Modern, Art & Architecture Source and Arts and Humanities Citation Index continue to be available using desktops, laptops, and other mobile devices. There is no change in access. For a complete listing of art-related search tools and databases visit the Art & Art History Research Guide.


  • Beginning summer session 2017, print reserves will be available in Wells Library. Items on hold at the Fine Arts Library have been transferred to Wells Library. Contact Access Services in the Wells Library with questions.
  • Faculty and graduate students with secure mailboxes are encouraged to sign up for office delivery service.
  • Graduate students will transfer carrel access to new, lockable carrels on the ninth floor of Wells Library, separate from the tables. Those with graduate carrels at Fine Arts Library who would like their materials transferred to the Wells Library ninth floor are requested to complete our online carrel request form (please note that you are currently a graduate student with a carrel at Fine Arts). Questions regarding graduate carrels can be referred to Randy Lent, Head of Access Services.
  • The majority of the new tables on the ninth floor are five-foot wide tables with power, not connected to individual carrels.

For additional services such as Reference and Instructional support, contact Angela Courtney, Head of Arts and Humanities or Catherine Minter, Librarian for Germanic Studies, French & Italian, Philosophy, History & Philosophy of Science, Classical Studies, and Linguistics, Associate Librarian.