Borrowing, Circulation & Renewals

All scholars and researchers are welcome to use the resources of the IUB Libraries.

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. (More information about library cards) Most libraries in the IU Bloomington Library system have the same basic policies for book checkout and renewal.  Individual libraries maintain some special collections. 

Hire Ed

Company and industry information can give you a competitive advantage when preparing for an internship or interview. The experts at the Business/SPEA Information Commons can help do the research so you can:

  • Prepare for an upcoming job interview
  • Tailor your resume to your field
  • Customize your cover letter to a prospective employer
  • Prepare for an internship or a full-time position
  • Strategize for salary and compensation negotiations
  • Identify resources for your job search

Schedule your consultation now.

More career help:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

The IUB Libraries will try to get materials from other libraries for you if we do not own what you are looking for.  Any current faculty, staff, or student may use our free ILL service.

  • To request articles not owned on the Bloomington campus and for books not owned by any IU library, use the interlibrary loan (ILL) serviceFirst time users will be asked for some registration information.
  • To have articles owned only in print on the Bloomington campus delivered to you, use Request Article Delivery
  • To have books owned by an IU library delivered to a campus library near you, use Request Delivery

See Document Delivery Services for more information.

Lending to Other Libraries - Information for other libraries and unaffiliated users who want to borrow something from IUB.

Research Assistance

The Indiana University Libraries provide a wide range of services in support of the research interests of students, faculty and staff. Within the Wells Library, the Scholars' Commons and Learning Commons provide specialized services in spaces designed to support scholarship and learning. In addition to the Wells Library there are also branch libraries across campus that support specific academic interests.

Faculty & instructors may wish to read about the Libraries' Support for University Grand Challenges (PDF) in the areas of information and data management, education and knowledge dissemination, and outreach.

Rooms for Groups, Study or Collaboration

Several libraries across campus offer group study spaces, collaboration rooms and quiet study spaces for use by students, faculty and staff. Some rooms may be reserved in advance; others are first-come, first-served

May be reserved in advance

Wells Library 

  • Scholars Commons -  East Tower 1st Floor

    • Scholars Commons consultation rooms may be reserved by IUB faculty, staff, and graduate students at least 24 hours in advance, Monday - Friday. If not reserved, and all day Saturday and Sunday, rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis to groups or individuals.
    • Four consultation rooms have capacity for 8 people, conference table, and collaborative technology; three rooms have capacity for 4 people, casual seating, and a coffee table; one room has capacity for 5 people, conference table, and collaborative technology.
    • Rooms are intended for collaborative group study, not for course instruction, office hours, or events. Complete guidelines are available via our booking policies statement or within the booking system.
    • Reserve a Scholars Commons consultation room.
  • Media Services - Ground Floor

    • Media rooms may be reserved by Bloomington faculty, graduate students and staff Monday-Thursday, 8a-10p, and Friday 8a-5p during academic terms. First-come, first-served outside reservation hours.
    • Four rooms have capacity for up to 5 people, conference table, whiteboard, monitor, computer workstation with RCA/composite/HDMI/VGA connectivity and the capacity for Blu-Ray, DVD and VHS playback.
    • Priority given to media-related projects and viewings.
    • Reserve a Media Room.
  • West Tower, 4th Floor 

    • Interview Room - May be reserved Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 9:00pm. Book this room.
      The Interview Room is available to patrons looking for a small, private space to hold phone interviews or video conferences (Skype, Zoom, etc). The Interview Room includes a whiteboard and a single small table that fits one to two chairs on per side. No equipment or phone line provided. Wireless connectivity only. Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance. First-come, first-served outside reservation hours. 

    • Four collaboration rooms (W417, W419, W421, and W423) - May be reserved seven days a week, 4 - 10p. Reserve these rooms.
      Group study rooms include a whiteboard and a single small table that will accommodate two to five people. No equipment or phone line provided. Wireless connectivity only. Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance. First-come, first-served outside reservation hours. 

Business/SPEA Information Commons (BSIC)

First-come, First-served Rooms

  • Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library - 275 N. Jordan, A113

    • Spaces may be reserved by students, faculty or staff for a variety of uses (meetings, lectures, discussions, office hours, film screenings) by contacting NMBCC library staff via email at bcclib at indiana dot edu.

      • One group study room furnished with an oval table, four chairs, a computer (no printing).
      • NMBCC Library also has an exhibit room (225 sq ft). This space features a picture hanging rail running about 12 inches below the ceiling along the top of the walls; there are three windows, facing out toward the stacks, with UV protective coating. When scheduling, please include any requests for additional tables, chairs, or other equipment, so NMBCC staff can coordinate with the Facilities Coordinator.
  • Wells Library

    • Grad Commons - East Tower, 8th Floor
      • Exclusively for the use of graduate students.
      • A quiet space intended to provide an environment to be productive and work.
    • Learning Commons - West Tower 1st Floor
      • First-come/first-served; groups have priority.
      • Eighteen group study rooms for approximately 2-6 people; most rooms include a computer and a large wall-mounted monitor that can project a laptop screen. In addition, a whiteboard and table are available.
    • West Tower - Floors 3 & 4
      • Collaboration rooms:

        • Equipped with a whiteboard and have a capacity for up to five people.
        • May not be used for course instruction or to hold office hours. Groups have priority.
        • 3rd floor: Nine collaboration rooms
        • 4th floor: Six collaboration rooms; four others may be booked in advance during certain periods, see above.
      • Classrooms:

For information about reserving other rooms, including classroom spaces, please contact Library Administration.

Schedule an Appointment for Research Help

Researchers at any level are invited to stop by any of our library locations across campus during open hours. We also provide varied opportunities to schedule consultations with expert librarians.

Getting started? 

We can help with developing a research topic and searching for sources for a paper or project for a class.

Ask a librarian for help via email, phone, or text. Or stop by any of our library locations across campus during open hours.

During the spring and fall semesters, Research Assistants are available on a drop-in basis or by appointment in the Learning Commons (Wells Library, West Tower, 1st floor).

Business research?

Work with an expert from the Business/SPEA Information Commons (BSIC) to help you or your team refine your information needs, gain access to credible research or hard-to-find data and statistics, and lead you through the research process.

Appointments are available Sunday through Thursday during academic terms. 

Schedule a research consultation appointment with BSIC

In-depth or advanced research topic?

For specialized help within a particular discipline, our expert librarians are ready to assist. See a list of subject specializations.

Request a consultation with a librarian subject specialist

Researchers: Planning a digital project?

IU Libraries’ Digital Collections Services department and the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities (IDAH) offer regular joint consultation services in the Scholars’ Commons during the fall and spring semesters, as well as by appointment at other times. With their combined expertise in metadata, text encoding, data curation, digital methodology and critical theory, grant planning, and related areas, they can assist you with your digital project planning, with a particular focus on digital project development and funding.

Make an appointment for digital projects/pedagogy consulting

Today's Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm All hours


  • Building Access Use ground level, north entrance, which is directly in front of library. This entrance has electronic doors. Parking is available. Building Access
  • Group Collaboration Rooms16 first-come, first-serve reservable group spaces (2 hrs). Inquire at the circulation desk. Group Collaboration Rooms
  • Quiet Study SpaceAn enclosed area reserved for quiet study only. Quiet Study Space
  • Computer WorkstationsStudent Technology Center with 40 workstations, 3 print release stations and a scanner. Computer Workstations
  • ScanningLocated at work station #35; those using the scanner have priority. Scanning
  • Laptop LockersA free, secure, place to store and charge your electronic devices; charger not supplied. Laptop Lockers
  • Copy Machine(s)One black and white photocopier. Must use Campus Access Card for payment. Copy Machine(s)
  • Food ServiceDirectly accessible from the library, the cafe offers coffee, sandwiches, snacks, and more. Food Service

Contact Info

SPEA 150
1315 E Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Christina Sheley
Christina Sheley - Head, Business/SPEA Information Commons, Assistant Librarian
(812) 855-2448

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