Borrowing and Circulation

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. 

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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 brand-new 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 IUB Libraries across campus offer group study spaces, collaboration rooms and quiet study spaces for use by students, faculty and staff.

  • Business/SPEA Information Commons

    • First-come, first-served; check out key at desk.

    • Sixteen group study rooms for approximately 2-6 people; rooms include a computer and a large wall-mounted monitor that can project a laptop screen. In addition, a whiteboard and table are available.

    • See full Business/SPEA IC group study room policies.

  • Fine Arts Library

    • Available for use by students, faculty and staff, the seminar room seats about 25 people and may be reserved for up to 4 hours.

    • Reservations are first-come, first-serve; ask at the Fine Arts Library circulation desk.

  • Grad Commons - Wells Library, 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 - Wells Library, 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.

  • Media Services - Wells Library, Ground Floor

    • Four media rooms have capacity for 5 people, conference table, and whiteboard.

    • Priority given to media-related projects and viewings.

    • Reservation system is forthcoming.

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

    • These 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.

  • Scholars Commons - Wells Library, 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 may not be used for course instruction or to hold office hours.

    • Complete guidelines are available via our booking policies statement or within the booking system.

  • Wells Library West Tower - Floors 3 through 5

    • Collaboration rooms:

      • First-come/first-served; groups have priority.

      • 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.

      • 3rd floor: Nine collaboration rooms

      • 4th floor: Eleven collaboration rooms

    • Classrooms:

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

Schedule an Appointment for Research Help

Schedule a research appointment with a Research Assistant to get help with:

  • Developing a research topic
  • Searching for sources for a paper or project for a class
  • Dissertation and thesis research assistance

Help from Research Assistants is available in the Learning Commons (Wells Library, West Tower, 1st Floor).

For Fall 2016, drop-in help is available beginning on Tuesday, September 6th:

For specialized help within a particular discipline, consult with a librarian subject specialist.

Or, stop by any of our twelve library locations across campus during open hours.

Today's Hours

7:30am - 12:00am 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 - Head, Business/SPEA Information Commons, Assistant Librarian
(812) 855-2448

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