Teaching at the Lilly Library

The Lilly Library provides hands-on, active learning with selections from the collections for undergraduate, graduate students, and community members. We work with a diverse cross section of the IU community and welcome opportunities to work with new courses, instructors, and disciplines.

To schedule a class session, please fill out and submit a class or tour request. We handle a high volume of requests each semester, and recommend contacting us as early as you can, ideally before the start of a semester. We fill requests on a first come, first serve basis and try to accommodate as many requests as possible given our space and staff availability.

Each class session includes an introduction to the Lilly Library by one of our teaching librarians. Classes can be taught in collaboration with a librarian or taught by the instructor with a Lilly staff member present to assist with handling of the selected items.

Designing a class session

We can help

Our librarians are available for consultations about the logistics or content of a class session, at any stage of planning from brainstorming to lesson planning. Please consult our Best Practices document, developed by the Primary Source Immersion Program of Indiana University, for more helpful information and tips on collaborating with the Lilly Library on classes.

Learn more about teaching at the Lilly Library

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Teaching Philosophy

Learn more about the values we bring to teaching.

Teaching Spaces

Review our classrooms.