Scholars' Commons

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Designed on the cutting edge of research and scholarly publishing, the IU Scholars’ Commons 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 their scholarship.

The workshops, seminars, consultations, and other activities that take place within this space have been carefully developed to inspire discovery and experimentation.  Whether researchers are gathering information about intellectual property rights, exploring the latest on digital publishing, or communicating data through visualization, they will find in the Scholars’ Commons the most advanced technology, resources, and expertise to make these and many other processes rewarding and productive parts of their academic work.  

Although programming within the space emphasizes graduate student and faculty needs, every student and researcher is welcome to use this space and is certain to appreciate how the design enhances productivity and comfort.  

The space itself has been designed to stimulate scholarly conversation, interdisciplinary exchange, and intellectual discovery.  With a combination of individual and collaborative workspaces, the Scholars’ Commons adapts to researcher needs and is optimized for technology ranging from laptops and mobile devices to the interactive visualization or IQ wall.  The co-location of a digitization lab, lecture hall, collaboration rooms, and exhibition space offers a level of flexibility and service unparalleled on campus and promises to attract scholars whose conversations will spark new insights and generate the energy that comes with intense intellectual work.  

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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.


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 (including CAHI, CATAPuLT, and the Social Science Research Commons), Data to Insight Center, Office of Research Administration, University Graduate School, and many more.


Consultation Rooms: Use Policies and Procedures

  • Consultation rooms in the Scholars' Commons may be reserved by IUB faculty, staff, and graduate students, with priority given to IUB Libraries and Scholars' Commons Collaborative Partners.
  • Four consultation rooms have capacity for 8 people, conference table, and collaborative technology; three rooms have capacity for 4 people, casual seating, and a large screen display with touch-screen functionality; one room has capacity for 5 people, conference table, and collaborative technology. 
  • Booking requests can be completed via the Scholars Commons Consultation Rooms booking site. (Complete guidelines are available via our policy page and within the booking system).

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

IQ-Wall Room - 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

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