Hours and Closures
All IU Libraries' services will be provided remotely for the spring semester, 2020. All IU Libraries Bloomington library physical locations will be closed, including:
- Business/SPEA Information Commons
- Cook Music Library
- Education Library
- Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library
- Optometry Library
- Sciences Library
- Archives of Traditional Music
- Wylie House Museum
Despite physical location closures, all of these locations have librarians and archivists who are available for inquiries and virtual consultations. Navigate to each library individually to find the people and contact information you need!
Librarians will remain available throughout the semester for student and faculty research support. The Scholars' Commons reference desk is available through our Ask a Librarian chat and email (libref @ indiana . edu).
Hours for the Ask a Librarian chat are:
- Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Closed on Saturday and Sunday
You can also call the Scholars' Commons reference desk at 812-855-8028.
If you seek in-depth research help or teaching support in your discipline, subject specialists, and archivists at the University Archives, the Moving Image Archive, and the Wylie House Museum are available to correspond via email or conduct Zoom consultations. For help with citation management support, students and faculty can email libcite @ indiana . edu .
Beginning March 30, students can also schedule one-on-one Zoom consultations with Learning Commons Research Assistants Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Students can also “drop in” for a Zoom consultation any time Monday-Friday from 12pm-5pm. Learn about the various methods of research assistance through Wells Library.
Access Online Resources Off Campus
Accessing online resources from off-campus? Ensure you have full-text access to all IU Libraries' ebooks, journals, databases, and more, especially when using a VPN. VPN configurations have recently changed at IUB and IUPUI that may impact off-campus access of library resources. It is very important to use the library website to get full text access to all IU libraries-purchased databases, journals, and more.
Teaching and Learning
We have a number of resources to assist with online teaching and learning:
- A summary of library resources for teaching
- YouTube channel of Teaching and Learning tutorials (for OneSearch, IUCAT, ILL, Google Scholar, and a virtual tour of IUB Libraries)
- Research guides
- Information Literacy Online Toolkit is a Canvas learning suite of modules instructors can use in their courses
- Instructors can also link to ebooks, articles, and other resources from within your Canvas course
IU resources include the Keep Teaching website and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning's upcoming workshops for online teaching.
Borrowing, Renewing and Returning Materials
At this time and going forward this spring, all materials circulation will be electronic only. We are unable to check out physical items due to health and safety issues for both our patrons and staff. We will make every effort to provide electronic access to materials you may need, but this will not be possible in all cases.
All future fines are waived for IU Bloomington items that may become overdue for the foreseeable future. Please note that this only applies to Bloomington items: if you have materials from other campuses in the IU system the same may not apply. Consult those campuses' library websites for more information.
- If you have IU Bloomington items you would like to return, you can. But we will be either doing a mass auto-renewal for materials or canceling any fines that accrue so you will not be penalized if you cannot return IU Bloomington library materials during this time.
- For questions about circulation or course reserves, please email the Wells Library circulation desk or call at 812-855-4673.
- Due to the current situation involving COVID-19, many libraries across the United States and elsewhere are suspending loans of physical material (e.g. print books, DVDs, etc.) through interlibrary loan. We will attempt to fill book requests by purchasing e-books where possible. Where we cannot purchase an e-book, we will hold the request until such a time that libraries begin loaning again. We will still process and attempt to obtain all article requests; however, book chapters and other scans of print materials (e.g. articles from print journals) will be difficult to obtain due to the large number of library closures. Please note that fulfilling requests may take longer and we may not be able to obtain all requested materials.
- If you currently have an interlibrary loaned item checked out to you, we are attempting to renew all items preemptively. Please do not return them to the library at this time. For questions about interlibrary loan, please email libill @ indiana . edu.
- The request article delivery service is suspended for the time being.
Open Scholarship Resources
Articles and books that are open access may be read for free and can often be shared in their entirety, without concern about copyright infringement. As long as students have an internet connection, students will be able to access all of this content. Dedicated research hubs with open access articles about COVID-19 are available on the Scholarly Communication guide.
Temporary free access
Many resources that are not normally open access have been made temporarily free to read by publishers, including some e-textbooks and videos for classroom use. Please note that these free-to-read items typically do not have a license that enables sharing. View the full temporary free access research guide: we are constantly monitoring vendor resources as more and more content is made freely available and updating this guide with that information. You can also try using Unpaywall; a browser extension analyzes information about articles that you visit online, identifies whether an open access version is available, and directs you to that version.If you need to find out about the access status of a particular resource, or are otherwise in doubt, contact iusw @ indiana . edu or your subject librarian.
Our institutional repository can help host and stream recorded video content for student viewing, as well as store course syllabi and assignments with permanent links. IUScholarWorks may prove to be a helpful resource if Canvas has any issues. Visit a sample collection for more information and fill out a New Collection Form to get started.
Scholarly Communication's research data management service continues to operate virtually on an appointment basis. If you need support remotely writing a data management plan, sharing data with telecommuting collaborators, or publishing research data, please contact Scholarly Communication to schedule a Zoom consultation.
On-site workshops and events have been canceled or postponed. Please see the IU Libraries Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information.