Most materials may be returned at any IU Library on any IU campus during their operating hours. Selected materials such as reserve materials and Interlibrary Loans may require that they be returned in person to the correct circulation desk. Overdue fines may be charged for some materials if not returned by the due date, depending on the library and type of material.

Other options for returning materials include drive-up book drops on the Bloomington campus (see below), shipping via campus mail, U.S. Mail, or other parcel delivery services, and returning materials to participating Big Ten libraries.


You can return books at our drive-up book drops located on the south side of the Wells Library. One book drop is located in the Wells Library parking lot (north end), and two are just north of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and Theatre and Drama Center in a turnaround located on Seventh Street.

Most materials may be shipped back to the Library via Campus Mail, USPS, UPS, FedEx or other parcel delivery services (postmark date is considered return date) at the following address:

Book Return
Access Services Department
Herman B Wells Library
1320 East 10th Street
Bloomington, Indiana, 47405-3907  

Borrowers are responsible for material until the Library receives it, and for that reason might consider insuring material for a minimum of $150 per item when shipping it back to the Library.  

Due to COVID-19, the IU Libraries have joined with our Big Ten Academic Alliance partners to provide an option where Indiana University students can return items to the IU Libraries by dropping off items at one of the participating libraries listed below. Students in the US without access to a drop-off library living further than 30 miles from Bloomington can request a UPS shipping label.

Participating Big Ten Locations