Planning your visit

The Lilly Library at Indiana University is one of the best facilities in the world to satisfy your curiosity, whether you are conducting academic research or exploring a new interest in a special subject area. 

Located in the heart of IU’s Bloomington campus, the library attracts a wide range of visitors, from students intrigued by our exhibits on topics such as Orson Welles’ films or comic book heroes to world-renowned researchers seeking that one-of-a-kind book or book or manuscript only the Lilly Library can offer.

We invite you to visit, whatever your interests.

Planning a group tour?

See our online request form to schedule a group tour or class visit.

Tours & Classes

Before you visit

Create an account in the Lilly Library Request System. By creating an account in the Lilly Library Request System,

  • You are registering to work in the Lilly Library Reading Room. Presentation of valid photo-identification is required when you visit the Reading Room.
  • You may make requests for photocopies or digital images of Lilly Library materials.
  • You have secure access to your current and past requests.

We encourage you to let us know in advance about your plans, especially if you are traveling from out of town. This helps us make sure materials are ready and available when you arrive.

Request System  Let us know about your plans

Traveling to Bloomington

  • Getting here

    By air

    Flights to the Indianapolis International Airport will get you as close as possible by air. The IU campus is less than 60 miles from the terminal.

    By shuttle

    GO Express Travel offers numerous round trips per day from the airport terminal to several locations in Bloomington and on campus.

    By rental

    All of the major car rental companies serve the Indianapolis International Airport.

    By limo, taxi or ride service

    Classic Touch Limousine offers ride sharing as well as private car service.

    Bloomington is home to three taxi companies: Red Tire Taxi; White Cab, (812) 334-8294; and Yellow Cab, (812) 339-9744).

    Uber and Lyft are active in both Indianapolis and Bloomington areas.

  • Staying here

    On campus, you may stay at the Biddle Hotel, conveniently located in the Indiana Memorial Union, which also features dining, bookstores and entertainment.

    Bloomington boasts many bed and breakfast inns, hotels and motels. To see a list, check out the Visit Bloomington website.

  • Parking

    Parking is limited on the IU campus, and most parking around downtown Bloomington is metered.

    Indiana Memorial Union’s pay lot is closest to the Lilly Library. Rates are by the hour, and the Lilly Library will validate your parking ticket so that you may receive a reduced rate. If you are staying at the Biddle Hotel, you also receive a parking discount in this lot.

    Jordan Parking Garage also offers pay parking by the hour.

    You also may purchase a short-term parking pass from IU Parking Operations.

    In addition to metered parking, the City of Bloomington has one parking garage nearby at Seventh and Walnut streets.

  • Exploring

    During your visit, take in a play, hear jazz or stroll through a campus that often is cited as the most beautiful in the U.S. Enjoy a walking tour of campus, mingle with some of our 40,000 students at soccer, basketball or football games, or enjoy tasty treats at in the Indiana Memorial Union.

    South Central Indiana offers a multitude of activities and entertainment. Monroe County is home to the state’s larges man-made body of water, Lake Monroe, as well as state and national parks.

    Visit Bloomington offers a guide to all that our city has to offer.

Start your exploration

Schedule A Visit

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

If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for, contact us or schedule a visit.

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