About the Lilly Library

The Lilly Library is the principal rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of Indiana University, Bloomington. It is part of the IU Bloomington Libraries.

Facts and figures

460,000 books

8,500,000 manuscript items

120,000 items of sheet music

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We have millions of resources. Many are not yet digitized.

If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for, contact us.

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Helpful finding aids like our manuscripts index, card catalog, and special card files are not online. We can help you navigate these resources.

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We can make PDFs, digital images, and other reproductions of Lilly Library materials to meet your needs. Fees help us pay for this service.

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If you plan to use Lilly Library materials in a book, article, or other publication, we ask that you fill out our Permission to Publish form. We do not own reproduction rights to most of the material in the collection, so you may also need to secure permission from copyright holders.

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