The Scholars’ Commons connects researchers—whether faculty, staff, students or community members—to IU experts, global resources, customized learning opportunities, and community spaces designed to assist with every stage of scholarship. Librarians staff our reference desk on the main floor of the East Tower of Wells Library, or reach out through chat, email or phone. You can also try out our new web form.
Reference Desk Service Hours
In-person AND virtual staffing available:
Virtual staffing ONLY
We are all on a journey and IU Libraries experts are the best kind of companions. We are your champions for greatness with all the right tools to help you succeed. Connect to our experts on every subject area taught at Indiana University Bloomington, as well as areas such as Copyright, Citation Management, Data Management, Visual Literacy, GIS/Mapping, Open Access, Creating research assignments, and Digital Collections.
As one of the nation's largest public academic research libraries, our legacy is the world-class collections we have been building and sharing for 200 years. Today, our database and subscription services ensure researchers face few barriers to information.
We are not satisfied with knowledge storage and delivery. We want to see you engage and evaluate information as you use it to spark something new. That's why we offer dozens of workshops each semester on topics relevant to your research and designed to encourage curiosity. Can't make it to a workshop? We also create helpful guides and tutorials which are accessible 24/7.
We are a research destination. A place designed to offer you the most advanced technology and tools for your journey from curiosity to publication. Visit our Mini Makerspace for creative projects, reserve a collaboration room, or utilize our large-scale touchscreen IQ-Wall.