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
The Education Librarian is 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.
Request a class session or group visit
We offer you and your students a variety of ways to interact with Lilly Library collections. To request a Lilly Library class session, special group visit, or digitized materials for instructional use, use this form. It will ask you about dates, times, instructional goals, and what materials you'd like to use.
If you have any trouble using the form, let us know through our Ask a Question form.
The Lilly Library has a number of classrooms of differing sizes and configurations. Each space is equipped with standard technology, including a teaching computer, podium, and projector.
- Lecture Hall: A new downstairs space as of 2021, the Lecture Hall features flexible furniture that can be arranged for individual group work, lectures, or seminars. Comfortable class capacity is approximately 40 students.
- Slocum Room: Located on the main level of the Lilly Library, the Slocum Room features flexible furniture that can be arranged for individual group work, lectures, or seminars. Comfortable class capacity is approximately 25 students.
- LeBien Room: Also located on the main level of the Lilly Library, the LeBien Room features a stationary seminar table and a comfortable class capacity of approximately 10 students.