Free Resources for Alumni and Friends

Image of a Librarian answering the phoneAt 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. Let us tell you more.

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 - get your Indiana University Libraries' Borrowers Card.

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).

  • IUCAT - The Indiana University online catalog.
  • Monroe County Public Library Catalog - The catalog of the Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • WorldCat - The world's largest network of library content and services.  Use its excellent search function to find a library near you that has the book you want. 
  • Library of Congress Catalogs - Access to the Library of Congress holdings
  • FirstGov - The official U.S. government portal to 47 million pages of information on federal and state government programs, benefits, and services.
  • Gabriel: Europe's National Libraries - Gateway to European national libraries.
  • 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.