Borrow Materials Not Owned By IU

You may request copies of articles not owned by the IU Bloomington Libraries, and books not owned by any IU Library to be delivered for your use. Use Interlibrary Loan to request these items. 

See policies at Document Delivery Services Borrowing-- FAQ.

Borrowing Privileges at Other Institutions

IUB faculty, staff, and students may be able to borrow materials from other colleges and universities in person.  You will need to get a reciprocal borrower's card before you go to the other library.

The IUB Libraries participate in three reciprocal borrowing programs:

  • ALI (Academic Libraries in Indiana) Reciprocal Borrowing Program - Open to students, faculty and staff
  • Big Ten Academic Alliance Reciprocal Borrowing Program  (formerly CIC Reciprocal Borrowing) - Open to faculty and graduate students
  • OCLC Scholars Reciprocal Borrowing Program - Faculty only

Reciprocal borrowing program details & eligibility

Reciprocal Borrowing Request Form

Class Reserves

For Students

"Reserves" refers to any print and media resources that instructors request to be set aside for student use throughout the duration of a course.

Print and media reserve items are listed in IUCAT and may be located using Instructor Name, Course Number, or Course Name. On the main IUCAT page, click on the link that says "Access Class Reserves." Find it under the words Welcome to our library catalog.

Class Reserves Circulation Policies & Print Reserve Locations

For Faculty & Instructors

Faculty and instructors may:

More information about library services for faculty relating to course materials

Course Materials: Readings & Media (Faculty & Instructors)

Class Readings

Streaming Media

Instructors and faculty may also request required films be made available via streaming media for their courses.

Online Streaming Reserves Request Form (Faculty & Instructors Only)

Screening Media

Faculty and instructors may request library-owned media items to view in their classroom or in one of three screening rooms at located at Wells Library.

Information about Scheduling Library-owned Media in Classroom or Wells Screening Rooms

Information About Lockers

  • Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis to persons using the Wells Library. 
  • Lockers are for short-term use only.
  • Lockers operate on tokens, which may be purchased at the East Tower circulation desk. 
  • Locker coin boxes do not contain cash.
  • Tokens cost $0.50 each.
  • Items are not to be left in lockers overnight.
  • Lockers have integral locks.  Use of additional/supplemental locks is forbidden.  All personal locks will be cut off and disposed of. 
  • Unless otherwise posted, lockers are cleared daily according to the following schedule:

Monday through Friday - 7:30 a.m.

Saturday - 9:00 a.m.

Sunday - 10:00 a.m.

  • Material cleared from lockers will be disposed of or forwarded to Campus lost and found at Ballantine Hall as library staff deem appropriate. 
  • The Library is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen. 
  • Valuables (money, wallets, jewelry, laptops, etc.), perishable food items, and hazardous or illegal items are not to be kept in lockers. 
  • Lockers from which odors appear to be emanating will be cleared immediately, and the contents will be disposed of. 
  • Failure to abide by these regulations may result in loss of locker privileges, and/or referral to IUPD or Dean of Students Office in the appropriate circumstances.
  • Questions about lockers should be referred to Access Services.

Library Cards

All scholars and researchers are welcome to use the resources of the IUB Libraries. Most library material may be checked out; notable exceptions include reference materials and periodicals. Either an IU identification card or a Library Borrowers Card must be presented at the circulation desk to check out material.

  • IUB Faculty, Staff, and Students: Those officially affiliated with IUB may check out library material for home or office use. You may activate your library account by showing proof of IU affiliation (usually your Crimson Card).
    • Faculty wishing to grant proxy borrowing privileges to others (e.g. a student or other assistant) should contact Wells Library Circulation via email (, phone (812-855-4673), or in person.
  • Indiana Residents: Residents of the state of Indiana may check out library material for home or office use. You may obtain a Library Borrowers Card by bringing a photo ID and proof of Indiana residency (an Indiana driver's license or state ID card) to the circulation desk at the Wells Library.
  • Lost or Stolen Cards: Report the loss or theft of a borrowers card immediately to Research Collections Circulation, 812-855-4673.

A borrower is financially responsible for all material charged out on their library account.  The Libraries provide circulation services 52 weeks per year.  Borrowers must abide by Library Circulation Policy even when they are away from campus for vacation, research, sabbatical, etc.  In these situations borrowers must either return library materials before leaving campus or make arrangements for a responsible party to attend to their library business. 

Borrowing privileges at other institutions for IUB affiliates – information about reciprocal borrowing programs to borrow from other colleges and universities in person

Library Express Workstations

Library Express workstations provide access to IUCAT without the necessity to log in.  They provide no access to the Internet. Most of these machines are touch screen kiosks.

Library Express workstations can be found at:

Archives of Traditional Music
Education Library
Kinsey Institute Library
Law Library
Music Library
Wells Library, Reference Reading Room (first floor, East tower)


Loan Periods, Overdue Fines and Billing

Students, faculty and staff of Indiana University, persons affiliated with Indiana University, residents of the State of Indiana, Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly CIC) Scholars, and OCLC Scholars may borrow or check out library materials. Most libraries in the IU Bloomington Library system have the same basic policies for book checkout and renewal.  Individual libraries maintain some special collections.  If you are using one of these specialized libraries, consult their circulation policy descriptions.

IU affiliates: visit My Account for specific information about items checked out to your account.

Loan Periods

  • Faculty : 120 day loan
  • Staff : 120 day loan
  • Graduate Students and Staff : 120 day loan
  • Undergraduate Students : 45 day loan
  • Indiana Residents : 30 day loan. 
  • Wells Library Core Collection Materials: 14 days, maximum of 2 renewals for all borrowers. Because of the special nature of this collection, overdue fines will be charged to all borrowers, including faculty.

Important: The circulation policies vary depending on the type of material and library and some library materials cannot be borrowed. More information on circulation policies, including limited circulation or non-circulating materials

Overdue and Recall Fines

Borrowers are responsible for renewing or returning material on or before its due date. Materials that have reached their renewal limit must be returned on or before their due date. There are no "grace periods" for overdue materials. Overdue intervals vary for recalls, and other special loans.

Overdue fines are $0.25 per item per day from the due date for normal loans. Special charge loans may be granted for non-circulating material and are fined at a rate of $1.20 per hour when overdue. All material is subject to recall if needed by another borrower.

Recalled material that is not returned by the recall due date is subject to a $25 fine. When an item is recalled, a recall notice is sent to the borrower indicating the new "recall" due date.

Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy, failing to receive an overdue notice does not absolve a borrower from responsibility should they receive a bill or fine. Library users are responsible for maintaining accurate address information with the University and its agents (i.e.; the Libraries). For normal loans an overdue notice is sent seven days past the due date and again 30 days past the due date. 

You may appeal an overdue fine for materials borrowed from Wells Library Media Services (e.g. DVDs, VHS tapes, videogames, etc.) if you wish to dispute the charges. There is no formal fine appeal process for other materials; if you have questions, please contact the Libraries' Access Services Department.

Bills for Unreturned Material

On normal loans the borrower is billed for non-return when the item becomes 50 days overdue.  Generally, non-return charges break down as follows:

  • billing fee - $5.00
  • database adjustment fee - $20
  • unreturned item fee - $100 (can vary with items of greater or lesser value)
  • overdue fine - $12.50

In most cases bills are adjusted to the billing fee and overdue fine ($17.50) when billed material is returned within one calendar year of the date of billing. Billing intervals and rates vary for recalls and special loans. Bills and fines amounts are transferred to the Bursar's Office for collection. Borrowers with excessive overdue material, large outstanding bill/fine balances, or who show contempt for Library policies may be blocked from further use of the Libraries or may face legal action.

Office Delivery for Faculty and Graduate Students

How to Have Library Books Delivered to Your Office via Campus Mail

The IUB Libraries are pleased to offer a service for IU Bloomington faculty where we deliver books to campus mail addresses. If you are interested in having books delivered to you, please follow the following steps:

  • Contact the Access Services Department of the Wells Library at libcirc @ or 812-855-4673 and tell them that you want to set up an account for office campus mail delivery. This service is available only to faculty and graduate students. As we are using campus mail to deliver these items, you must have the ability to receive packages via campus mail in a secure office or mailbox in order to qualify for this service.
  • Request items you would like delivered to your office via IUCAT by clicking the "Request This" button on the detailed record screen. (For general instructions on requesting items from IUCAT, see the KB article, "At IU, how can I get materials from another library using IUCAT?")
  • When the item is received at Wells, it will be checked out to your office delivery account and mailed to your campus mail address.

Special notes for Office delivery requests:
When requesting, select "Office Delivery - [Your Name]" from the "Select Account for Request" drop down.
You will also be prompted to select a library to which you want the item delivered from the "Pickup At:" dropdown menu. (Yes, this is a little confusing. We are not currently able to suppress the "Pickup" dropdown.) For best results, we recommend you select the Herman B Wells Library.

You must complete the request process individually for each item you would like delivered. It will not work to mark multiple books and then complete the Request Delivery step for one of the books on the list.

Please note that we are using campus mail to deliver these items. If you need a book quickly, we suggest you retrieve the item in person as that is unquestionably the fastest way to have it. You may request the item using your personal account information, and choose a library where you will be able to pick up the book; that process can take up to ten business days, depending on the item's home location.

Items eligible for office delivery follow the same guidelines used for IUCAT Request Delivery.

Renew Office Delivery Books

The list of items checked out to you includes those delivered to your office via campus mail separately as part of your office delivery account.  Log in to My Account and select the appropriate tab to view them.

Renew Your Office Account Annually

Accounts are set up for one year and must be renewed annually.  Send an email to libcirc @  Include your IU username and the original office barcode number sent to you via email, your current campus mail delivery address, and campus telephone number.


A recall is a request to the library to ask another user who has an item checked out to bring it back to the library by a specified date.  Place a recall to get access to a book or other item within a defined time period.  When the item is returned, you will be notified to pick it up.

Submit a recall request

Holds vs. Recalls:

  • If you wish to obtain an item that is checked out to another user (IUCAT shows the item as "checked out"), place a recall as described on this page. See instructions for recall.
  • If you wish to have an available item from the Bloomington campus pulled from the shelf in the library and held for you to pick up, you can use the Request Delivery service within IUCAT. Note that these requests take 4-7 working days to complete, so you may find it quicker to come to the library and locate the item yourself.

Instructions for Recall

Renewing Materials

Renew IU Library Materials

You can see a list of materials currently checked out to you and when they are due, and view a list of materials you currently have on hold, by checking "My Account" in IUCAT.

IUB faculty, staff, and students can extend the due date on most IU library materials through the "My Account" feature in IUCAT. You must have an IU network ID and passphrase to use this service.

More information is available via the UITS Knowledge Base article, "In IUCAT, how do I review my checked-out or requested items, renew checked-out items, or cancel requested items?"

Reserve materials must be renewed in person at the library where they were checked out.

If you do not have an IU network ID, or cannot access IUCAT:

You may renew materials:

  • via our webform
  • by telephone: 812-855-4673
  • by email: libcirc @

Include your name, your address, your Library Identification Number (the numbers on the barcode on your borrower's card), and the barcode/identification number of each item you wish to renew. You may ask that all your items be renewed, in which case you do not need to provide barcodes for each item.

Renew Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Materials

Materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services must be renewed on the DDS web page.

Request A Purchase

Users may request that the Libraries purchase a book, a journal subscription, access to an electronic resource, or other material for the collection, either in any library or in a specific library. Submit your purchase suggestion using the form linked below.

Recommend Library Materials for Purchase


Request Delivery & ALF Requests (offsite storage)

Indiana University students, faculty and staff may place requests online via IUCAT for delivery of materials to another library in the IU system. Requests between IU Bloomington campus libraries generally take 2-4 business days to complete. Requests for delivery coming from other IU campuses may take 7-10 business days to complete.

You may also use Request Delivery to have an item pulled from the shelf and held at the same library for you to pick up, but because requests may take up to 4 working days to complete, you may find it quicker to come to the library and locate the item yourself. Also note that for items held at multiple libraries, our library system randomizes requests to manage demand, so there is no guarantee of the home location of the item sent to you (that is, an item held at Fort Wayne and Wells Library, requested for pickup at Wells is as likely to come from Fort Wayne as from the upper stacks at Wells).

Find more information about Request Delivery in the Knowledge Base article, "At IU, how can I get materials from another library through IUCAT?"


Materials that are checked out may not be requested. Materials from the IUB Kinsey Library, Lilly Library, CEDIR Library, Archives of Traditional Music Library, University Archives, and the Bloomington Residence Halls are excluded. In addition, some materials (i.e. reference books, other non-circulating collections, and short-term loan collections such as DVDs and Wells Core Collection) from other libraries may be excluded.

ALF Requests (offsite storage)

Many items in the IUB Libraries' collections are housed in a collections vault at the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF). The materials housed in the ALF are listed in the library online catalog, IUCAT.

More information about requesting ALF items



In Person: Most materials may be returned at any IU Library. Selected materials such as reserve materials and Interlibrary Loans may require that they be returned in person to the correct circulation desk. Materials should be returned on or before the due date to avoid overdue fines.

By Mail: 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.  

Book Drops: You can also 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.

Rush Cataloging & Catalog Correction Requests

Rush Cataloging

Request that a new book, video or other material be prepared for your use.  You may submit a request for any title marked in IUCAT as "on order," "in process," or "being cataloged."  You will need your 14 digit library barcode number to place a request.  Please note that materials described as "on order" have not yet been received by the library. You may also use this form to request rush cataloging and processing for IU dissertations found in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, but not yet listed in IUCAT.

Rush Cataloging Request


Catalog Correction Requests

Did you find an error in IUCAT? Please let us know.

Use the form linked below to report the following types of cataloging problems:

  • typographical errors in bibliographic records
  • incorrect headings (authors, subjects, series, uniform titles)
  • split files (two or more different forms for the same author, series, etc.)
  • location problems
  • incorrect authority records

Your efforts in identifying and reporting needed corrections help maintain the quality and integrity of IUCAT.

Catalog Correction Request Form

Wells Library Faculty Studies

The Herman B Wells Library has a limited number of faculty study rooms in the East Tower for full-time, appointed faculty of Indiana University - Bloomington.

Wells Library Faculty Study Guidelines & Instructions for Faculty Study Holders

Apply for a Faculty Study

Contact Info

Wells Library E164
1320 East Tenth Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-4673
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(812) 855-8249

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