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) service. First 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.
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.
- Quick help via instant messaging and email through Ask a Librarian
- Databases and research resources covering a wide variety of topics
- Guides to citing references
- Subject guides - topical guides to resources organized by academic discipline
- Recommend a purchase
- Schedule an appointment for research help with a research assistant
- Request a consultation with a librarian subject specialist
- More information about reference & research services
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.
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 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.
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.
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. First-come, first-served outside reservation hours.
Four collaboration rooms (W417, W419, W421, and W423) - May be reserved seven days a week, 4 - 10p. Book 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. First-come, first-served outside reservation hours.
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. Check out key at desk.
Available for use by students, faculty and staff, the seminar room seats about 25 people and may be reserved for up to 4 hours; ask at the Fine Arts Library circulation desk.
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.
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
- 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.
- Rooms 402 and 503 are scheduled through UITS. See technology specifications and make a reservation.
- Grad Commons - East Tower, 8th Floor
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 Spring 2017, drop-in help is available at the Research Assistance Desk:
- Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm
- Friday 11am-2pm
- Or by appointment; email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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