Herman B House Party smashes records for 2013 attendance and fun

August 23rd 2013
Herman B House Party 2013

Last night’s Herman B House Party was a crowd-pleasing record-breaker with over 1,800 students packing the Wells Library, triple the number from previous years.The first floor of the West Tower was transformed into a huge party space anchored by cotton candy in the back and pizza and popcorn on either side. At one point, the line for pizza snaked from the Reference Desk all the way to the lobby.

Dancing started around 10:30 in the lobby with music provided all night long by WIUX djs.The students concentrating on giant chess near the dance floor were sorely tested by the ruckus but remained fixed on victory with 20-30 people surrounding the board eagerly awaiting the next move.

A collaboration with the Office of First Year Experience and part of the proud Welcome Week tradition, this is the fifth straight year for this event formerly known as Game Night. Catering specifically to first-year students, the House Party was designed to give students an opportunity for safe, late-night entertainment their first week on campus.

Even with prizes every half hour, tweeting, and speed friending, one of the most popular features was the free photobooth that allowed guests to take with them a memento of their first evening spent with Herman B at the Wells Library.

A view of Herman B Wells Library from the IU Arboretum

Today's Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm All hours


  • Building Access Access to building from north (10th st) and south (Jordan Ave parking). Parking available in Wells Library lot with IU Disabled Permit. Building Access
  • Cafe / Coffee ShopCampus Cafe at Wells Library, located in main lobby. Regular hours for today (may differ during summer and breaks): 7:00am - 7:00pmCafe / Coffee Shop
  • Food ServiceBookmark[et] Eatery on the ground floor offers international and local dining options. For hours see "Useful Links" on the Wells Library main page. Food Service
  • Computer WorkstationsComputer Workstations
  • PrintingBlack/white, color and plotter printing available. 3-D printing lab on the 4th floor, West Tower. Printing
  • ScanningScanning
  • Copy Machine(s)Copiers are located on the 1st and 8th floors of the East Tower. Copy Machine(s)
  • Reserve ServicesClass reserves are available from the Library Services Desk in the Learning Commons (West Tower). Loan lengths vary; most reserve items can be checked out for two or four hours. Reserve Services
  • CarrelsGraduate and honors undergraduate students may request carrels. Contact Access Services for more info, 812-855-4673. Carrels
  • Media Showing RoomReservable by instructors to screen library materials for classes. Please contact Media Services, 812-855-1650. Media Showing Room
  • Group Study SpaceWest Tower floors 1, 4, and 5. Group Study Space
  • Quiet Study SpaceEast tower floors 4-10, West tower floors 2-3. Quiet Study Space
  • Group Collaboration RoomsCollaboration Rooms are available in Learning Commons and Consultation Rooms are available in Scholars' Commons. For more information see the "Services" menu above. Group Collaboration Rooms
  • Nursing Mothers/Lactation RoomEast Tower, 2nd floor, room 258. Ask at Government Documents dept desk (2nd floor, east tower) for key. Nursing Mothers/Lactation Room
  • ATMIU Credit Union ATM is located in the vending area on the ground floor, just outside the Bookmark[et] Eatery. ATM

Contact Info

1320 E 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-2576 (Fax)
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Elinor Okada - Operations Manager
(812) 855-7711

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