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.
"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.
For Faculty & Instructors
Faculty and instructors may:
- place print or media items on reserve for a class at several libraries across campus (list of reserve locations)
- request required films be made available via streaming media for their courses, and
- request library-owned media for screening in the classroom or in Wells Library screening rooms.
The IU Libraries provide assistance to researchers working with data in all stages of the research life cycle, including: collecting, processing, analyzing, publishing, and preparing data for long-term access and storage. Click on a service below to learn more.
- GIS (Geographical Information Systems) Services
- Science Data Management - support for data management and preservation
Statistical Data Services
Serving statistical data users at IUB is a collaborative endeavor of the IU Libraries and various research or supporting units on the Bloomington campus, including the Political Science Data Laboratory and Archive, the Karl F. Schuessler Institute for Social Research, and the Stat/Math Center of University Information Technology Services (UITS). Staff in the Government Information, Maps and Microform Services unit of the Herman B Wells Library coordinates the access to statistical information as well as the collection development and management of statistical data resources to meet burgeoning statistical data needs of the Indiana University community. We acquire and manage an extensive collection of statistical information resources in both print and electronic format.
Additional resources on campus
The Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (IDAH) links a network of disciplinary experts and highly technical faculty and support staff who work in interdisciplinary teams on collection-building, tool-building, and the development of appropriate methods for study and analysis of collections.
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.
Request an instructional consultation
Teaching & Learning librarians are available to consult with departments or individual faculty, instructors, and librarians to discuss the integration of research knowledge and informed literacy into courses and assignments. Instructional consultations may also be referred to a subject librarian, when appropriate. This instructional support service is being offered in order to create a sustainable, meaningful approach to developing information literacy experiences at IUB.
Consultations can happen anytime during the year, but are most effective if timed to occur prior to the launch of a course. Consult with a librarian to:
- Plan a librarian-led instruction session or course-integrated learning activity
- Develop or revise an assignment (read more on Assignment Design)
- Integrate research and information skills into a course or program
- Plan the development of an online Course Guide
- Create tools to assess student learning
Faculty & Instructors:
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.
- 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
Scholars' Commons: Consulting, Digitization, Research Support
The Scholars' Commons provides specialized services in spaces designed to support scholarship and learning.
- A diverse range of consulting and expertise is available on a weekly basis when classes are in session. View the current schedule.
- Workshops on publishing, research tools, & other topics of interest to scholars are offered throughout the academic year. View current schedule.
- Consultation rooms may be reserved by IUB faculty, staff, and graduate students, though they are not available for course instruction or to hold office hours. (See full booking policies) Request a room via our booking system.
- The Digitization Lab is a high-end multimedia, multidisciplinary lab dedicated to the digital conversion of materials, and the management and migration of born-digital objects in support of research needs and interests of Indiana University Bloomington's faculty and graduate students.
- The IQ-Wall installation, a collaborative effort of the IU Libraries, UITS, and the Pervasive Technology Institute, is used by members of the campus community to create, discover, and share information electronically.
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