Distance Education Document & Book Delivery

Requesting Books and Articles

Only books owned by the IU Bloomington Libraries will be sent. Books held at other IU campus libraries are not eligible for this service.

After you have received your Distance Education Library Barcode, check IUCAT to determine if one of the IU Bloomington Libraries owns the book. To request books and articles to be delivered, go to the Document Delivery Services request form.  Login with your network ID and password. All delivery requests must be made via the Distance Education Service Requests option on the Main Menu.

Loan Periods
Graduate students may borrow circulating materials for 120 days. Undergraduate students may borrow circulating materials for 45 days. There are exceptions (e.g., books from the Core Collection in the West Tower circulate for 14 days to all categories of borrowers).

Books are subject to be recalled (returned to the library earlier than the due date) if requested by another person. In this case, the book MUST BE RETURNED (or postmarked) BY THE RECALL DUE DATE, or a fine of $25 will be assessed.

If an item that you wish to receive by mail is currently checked out by another patron, simply request the item via the Document Delivery Services request form as indicated above. DDS staff will automatically recall the item on your behalf.

A book may be renewed if another person has not requested it. Renewals may be made by phone (812) 855-4673, online by logging into IUCAT, or in person. Renewals will NOT be accepted by fax.

All loaned materials will be delivered to the address on file in your Document Delivery patron record. You may review your DDS user information by logging into the Interlibrary Loan request system in the "Modify Personal Information" section (the final option on the Main Menu page). Photocopied material can be retrieved below the location where you entered your requests, by clicking on “View/Download Electronically Received Requests.”  Delivery of Bloomington-owned materials usually takes one to two weeks, so plan accordingly. Articles that have to be obtained from another library or that must be delivered outside the U.S. will take longer. (Note: We do not borrow books from other libraries for distance education students.)

Returning Materials
Materials may be returned in person, by U.S. mail or Courier. The borrower is responsible for the safe return of materials to the library. The borrower will be charged for any fines related to materials that are lost in the mail. It is strongly suggested that you insure any materials you return for at least $100; note that the current charge for an unreturned/lost book is $137.50. The postmark is considered the return date. Please mail to: Book Return, Access Services Department, Herman B Wells Library, Indiana University, 1320 East 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-3907.

There are no charges for borrowing books or receiving articles at this time. However, the borrower is responsible for the cost of return.

Fines and Fees
Overdue fines are $.25 per day per book. There is a $25 fine for recalled books that are received or postmarked after the recall due date. Fees will be assessed for lost or damaged materials. All fines and fees will be billed through the IU Bursar's Office.