At Indiana University, we believe that learning can happen anywhere and everywhere. We believe that our community needs us—and that every city, town, and village on the planet is part of our community. 

Welcome home to IU Libraries. We are people, places, and collections dedicated to your journey. We believe knowledge should be preserved and shared in all its forms, because we know great ideas can change the world. 

Many of the IU Libraries’ resources are available to anyone, anywhere in the world. Access to many other IU Bloomington Libraries' electronic resources is governed by license agreements which restrict use to very defined roles within the Indiana University Bloomington community (students, faculty, and staff) and to walk-in patrons of the libraries. Individual authentication for access is required as part of these license agreements.  In-person visitors to the Libraries who are not part of the Bloomington campus community may request a Library Guest Account to allow them full access from inside the IU Bloomington Libraries.


For IU Alumni Association Members

For Indiana Residents

  • INSPIRE ( is a collection of commercial databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents.  Using INSPIRE, you can find health information, look up newspaper articles, or search business news using popular databases such as MEDLINE, ERIC, and Academic Search Elite.  INSPIRE database funding is provided by the Indiana General Assembly.
  • Residents of the state of Indiana are eligible for an Indiana University Libraries' Borrowers Card. Walk-in visitors are elibible for a guest computer account, known as a Guest Account.

Free Resources Open to ALL: A selection of digital collections unique to Indiana University

Library Catalogs and Databases

Below, find just a few freely-available library catalogs and databases that can be accessed through our Resources A-Z  list (all databases marked with a globe icon can be freely accessed by our alumni and friends).

  • ERIC - ERIC indexes and abstracts materials in education and related fields, covering  over 1085 periodicals and nearly a half a million documents. 
  • FirstGov - The official U.S. government portal to 47 million pages of information on federal and state government programs, benefits, and services.
  • GPO Access - U.S. Federal Government website.
  • Index Translationum - Bibliographical information on books (from any period) translated and published in about 100 of UNESCO's member states since 1979.
  • LIBDEX - Links to libraries and library related information in the US and worldwide.
  • Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS) - A multilingual system that covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993.
  • Population Index on the Web - Web access to Population Index, reference source offering citations and links to demographic and population literature. 
  • PubMed - more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.