Image: Snowmen behind Lilly Library, 1993. Courtesy University Archives.
On October 12, President Whitten announced that all IU offices would be closed December 26-29, 2023, in addition to the university’s observed legal holidays of December 25 and January 1. The Wells Library and all IU Libraries branches on the Bloomington campus will be closed from December 24 through January 1. While some branches traditionally close during this holiday break, 2023 will be the first time Wells Library will be closed for the entire week. The entire Wells Library building, including the lobby, will be closed from 5 p.m. December 23 until 8 a.m. January 2.
If you are looking for a quiet place to work, to check out books (as well as other items like e-books, audiobooks, and videos), or to use a computer, the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) welcomes all Bloomington community members including IU students at its three branches: Downtown, Southwest, and Ellettsville. They will be closed on December 24 and 25 and on January 1 and will be closing at 5 p.m. on December 31, but they will be open regular hours the rest of the winter break. The MCPL will be offering a variety of free programs during this time, including activities for families. They also have reservable study rooms at each of their locations. You will need a library card to reserve a room or borrow materials; librarians will be happy to help you sign up for a card.
No IU Libraries books or other items will be due while libraries are closed, as due dates will be extended. You can also renew items online via IUCAT. If you have items you are finished using, you can return them via book drops on campus or, if you’re not in Bloomington, at another Big Ten university library or by mail. If you have borrowed Interlibrary Loan or UBorrow items (items from a library other than Indiana University), please double check those due dates as they are set by the lending institution, not by IU. You may need to return them before winter break.
Of course, the IU Libraries website is open even when library buildings are closed. You can find online resources and research help, troubleshoot online resource access, and more 24/7, wherever you are. If you need help while libraries are closed, you can email a librarian and we’ll reply when we reopen in January.
All of us at IU Libraries wish all of you a relaxing, safe, and happy holiday season!