Scholars' Commons

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Located on the first floor of the East Tower in Wells Library, the Scholars’ Commons (SC) supports the journey from curiosity to discovery to publication. Researchers — whether faculty, staff, or students — come first in this space where they will find a powerful academic service hub that offers easy access to experts and technology for every stage of scholarship.

Within the Scholars’ Commons, you will find:

  • Circulation Desk (where you can check out items and pick up holds)
  • Reference Desk (where you can ask for help of all kinds)
  • Digitization Lab
  • Mini MakerSpace
  • Consultation rooms (available by reservation for grad students, faculty & staff)
  • IQ-wall room (available for reservation by emailing libschol@indiana.edu)
  • Hazelbaker Hall, a large lecture hall space for events
  • Scholars’ Commons Exhibit Space, with rotating exhibits each semester
  • Reference Reading Room (which houses our print reference collection, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, indexes, and bibliographies.)
  • Secure Reading Room (a space to access restricted materials from the Auxiliary Library Facility)

Reference Desk Service Hours

Stop by in person, or text, call, or email.

Fall 2018 (August 20 - December 14):

  • Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 1:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm

Campus holidays and break hours will differ. Consult the Wells Library Hours for these exceptions.

SC Partners

The Scholars’ Commons brings together services from UITS, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities, Cyberinfrastructure For Digital Humanities, Data to Insight Center, Office of Research Administration, University Graduate School, Writing Tutorial Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and many more.

Scholars’ Commons workshops

Each semester the Scholars’ Commons offers a variety of workshops meant to support research, teach new skills, and inspire. They are taught by librarians and a variety of partners. The full schedule of workshops is posted online each semester. Some workshops can be accessed online through Zoom. Popular series include our Makerspace-inspired Maker Mondays, the Wednesday lunch hour Digital Library Brown Bag Series, workshops and lectures offered by the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, and citation management crash courses and more from our Scholars’ Commons staff.

Consultations

The Scholars’ Commons also welcomes experts within the library and related departments to schedule consultation hours to allow drop-in access to their services. They hold hours each week where anyone can stop by to get help with a project or idea they are working on. Partners vary each week, but these consultation hours can also be found in the online schedule.

Open Exhibits

Staff Directory

Branch Library Coordinator
(812) 855-4596
Scholars' Commons Librarian
Assistant Librarian
(812) 856-3644
Computer Service Coordinator/Reference Associate
(812) 855-5690
Digital Engagement Librarian
Assistant Librarian
(812) 855-7444

Recent Posts

Upcoming Events

Location and Hours:

The Scholars' Commons is located on the first floor of the East Tower of the Wells Library. The space follows the same hours as the Wells Library building.

Partners:

The Scholars’ Commons brings together services from UITS, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities, Cyberinfrastructure For Digital HumanitiesData to Insight Center, Office of Research Administration, University Graduate School, Writing Tutorial Services, and many more.

Facilities

Consultation Rooms: Use Policies and Procedures

Secure Reading Room

  • The Secure Reading Room is available to all library users, however, the use of library materials from the Libraries' Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) has priority over general use.
  • The Secure Reading Room provides space for people to access "restricted" materials (fragile, rare, large, and highly valuable library materials) that are housed in the Ruth Lilly Libraries' ALF. General users may be required to vacate the room if it is needed for using ALF materials.
  • When ALF restricted items are requested, these materials will be delivered to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the East Tower of the Wells Library, and must be used in this room.
  • All requests for "Stacks, Restricted" items received prior to 12:00 pm (noon) Monday-Friday will be delivered here by 5:00 pm the same day.

Hazelbaker Lecture Hall - Room E159

  • Hazelbaker Hall seats 48 people at desks and up to 60 people with auditorium-style seating arrangement.
  • Programming and services provided by the IU Libraries and collaborative partners have priority use of the Hazelbaker Lecture Hall (Room E159).
  • This room may not be scheduled for regular course instruction.
  • To inquire about the use of this room, contact libadmin@indiana.edu.

IQ-Wall - Room E157H

The IQ-Wall has been developed by the UITS Advanced Visualization Lab to promote innovative research and education using information-rich, ultra-resolution displays. The IQ-Wall installation in the Wells Library Scholars' Commons is a collaborative effort of the IU LibrariesUITS, and the Pervasive Technology Institute. The IQ-Wall is part of Indiana University's robust computing and networking environment used by members of the campus community to create, discover, and share information electronically. The purpose of the IQ-Wall is to support teaching, learning, and research.

  • Scheduled class visits for a demonstration or use of the IQ-Wall are welcome provided the students are accompanied by faculty or an instructor (the IQ-Wall space may not take the place of a registrar-controlled classroom).
  • Only IU-affiliated individuals may use the IQ-Wall.
  • To inquire about the use of this room, contact libschol@indiana.edu.

The IQ-Wall is guided by the UITS Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources policy.

 

For more information about the Scholars' Commons spaces and services, contact Alyssa Denneler, Scholars' Commons Librarian.

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