Library Cards

All scholars and researchers are welcome to use the resources of the IUB Libraries. Most library material may be checked out; notable exceptions include reference materials and periodicals. Either an IU identification card or a Library Borrowers Card must be presented at the circulation desk to check out material.

  • IUB Faculty, Staff, and Students: Those officially affiliated with IUB may check out library material for home or office use. You may activate your library account by showing proof of IU affiliation (usually your Crimson Card).
    • Faculty wishing to grant proxy borrowing privileges to others (e.g. a student or other assistant) should contact Wells Library Circulation via email (, phone (812-855-4673), or in person.
  • Indiana Residents: Residents of the state of Indiana may check out library material for home or office use. You may obtain a Library Borrowers Card by bringing a photo ID and proof of Indiana residency (an Indiana driver's license or state ID card) to the circulation desk at the Wells Library.
  • Lost or Stolen Cards: Report the loss or theft of a borrowers card immediately to Research Collections Circulation, 812-855-4673.

A borrower is financially responsible for all material charged out on their library account.  The Libraries provide circulation services 52 weeks per year.  Borrowers must abide by Library Circulation Policy even when they are away from campus for vacation, research, sabbatical, etc.  In these situations borrowers must either return library materials before leaving campus or make arrangements for a responsible party to attend to their library business. 

Borrowing privileges at other institutions for IUB affiliates – information about reciprocal borrowing programs to borrow from other colleges and universities in person

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