Assistance for Library Users with Disabilities at Wells Library
Ask at the Research Collections Circulation Desk in the Wells Library for retrieval of materials from our collections and locations of wheelchair accessible copiers.
You may use the West Tower elevators to access the ground floor.
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.
Computing and Printing
Many library resources are available only online. All current IU students, faculty and staff may log on to computers in the libraries to use online books, articles and other information. Computers in the IU Bloomington Libraries are provided to support the academic and research work of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the Libraries.
The IUB Libraries partner with UITS to provide locations for wireless access throughout the public areas in libraries around the IU Bloomington campus. IU students, faculty, staff and affiliates can find more information about connecting to IU Secure, the University wireless network, via the Knowledge Base article, About IU Secure wireless. Information about wireless access for visitors to campus is available at Wireless Access for Visitors.
Visitors may request a free Library Guest Account at the circulation desk in any IUB library. Some libraries have Library Express workstations that provide access to the library catalog and selected information resources without a login.
Priority use of library workstations is for students, faculty and staff of Indiana University. UITS provides real-time information about available workstations in student computing labs across campus, including the labs in the IUB Libraries, via One.IU: Student Technology Centers
Non-affiliated library users with Library Guest Accounts may be asked to relinquish the workstations to the priority users. All users are asked to please note our statement on Appropriate Use of Public Access Computers. To access U.S. Federal information, consult staff in Government Information, Maps, and Microforms, Wells Library, East Tower 2.
Assistance with hardware, software, IU accounts, and more is available via the Service Hub in the Wells Learning Commons.
Printing is available for IU Bloomington students and faculty through their University accounts. More information, including information about printing allotments, is available via the Knowledge Base article, About Printing at IUB. IU students and faculty may print from the IU wireless network; instructions are available via the Knowledge Base article, How Do I Obtain and Use the IU Printer Finder Utility?
Help with printing in Student Technology Center labs (STC) is available via the Services Hub in the Wells Learning Commons.
Plotter printers are available in the Wells Library for printing larger items. For information, including sizing and current costs, see At IUB and IUPUI, where can I print oversized items?
A 3D printing studio located on the 4th floor of the West Tower of the Wells Library is open to all students, faculty and staff at IU. For information including equipment, pricing, policies, and the process for requesting models be printed, see the UITS 3D Printing Studio site.
Current IU staff and retired faculty members may purchase printing allocations in 100 black & white page increments for $4.00 from the Support Center at the Learning Commons in the Herman B Wells Library to attach to their network IDs.
Problems with your print out? About refunds for unacceptable printing output
For information about printing for non-affiliates, see Library Guest Account.
Copying and Scanning Library Materials
Most IUB libraries have photocopiers and scanners for your use.
You must use your Campus Access Card to pay for copies. Note: Copy machines in the Wells Library do not accept cash or credit cards.
Visitors may obtain a Library Guest Account and scan materials rather than photocopying them. Saving scanned images to a flash drive, depositing them in an online storage service such as Box, or sending them via email can be done at no charge. To print copies, visitors must purchase a print card. For more information, see Library Guest Account.
IUB students, faculty and staff may now send faxes online using the IU Fax Service. For more details, see the UITS KB document, About the IU Fax Service.
For information about copy machines in specific IUB campus libraries, refer to the Amenities listing, available via the home page for those locations (for example, Herman B Wells Library.)
The Libraries recommend that users scan materials they would like to keep and either send the scanned documents to themselves via email or download them to a portable "flash" or "thumb" drive. There is no charge for scanning. Portable drives may be available for purchase in the vending machine in the Learning Commons, near the restrooms.
Scanning standard 8 1/2" x 11" pages is free in the IU Bloomington Libraries. Units in the Herman B Wells Library (Scholars' Commons Digitzation Lab, East Tower 2nd floor, West Tower 4th floor) and all branch libraries have flatbed scanners that are available to all patrons. Scanned documents can be loaded onto a thumb/flash drive or sent to an e-mail, Canvas or Box account.
Printing of scanned results uses the standard printing procedures and allocations.
Special scanning equipment and services are available as well:
Microfilm and Microfiche
Government Information, Maps and Microform Services (East Tower, 2nd floor) has microform machines that can scan pages. These scans can be printed, saved to a flash drive, and/or be e-mailed. More information on microform scanning.
Course materials & support for teaching
Course reserves (readings & media)
Faculty and instructors may request items be placed on reserve for a course via our online form, linked below; syllabi cannot be accepted in lieu of the form.
Also, faculty and instructors may 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.
Class handouts and activities introduce concepts and processes central to scholarly research and information use. Instructional activities facilitate critical use of research tools and information. Also, 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. Request an Instructional Consultation
Course-specific research guides
Course Guides provide instructional materials about the research process and connect students with relevant library resources and services. A librarian will work with you to create a guide that corresponds to your class's learning objectives and assignments. Faculty and instructors may contact Teaching & Learning to request a course guide be created for their class.
Several IUB Libraries offer graduate students study carrels within the library for their study and research. Graduate students may request a carrel assignment at one of the following libraries:
Cook Music Library
Graduate students of the Jacobs School of Music may request a carrel assignment in the Cook Music Library for the semester. Music Library materials can be checked out to the carrel, although all items are subject to recall. Continuing students may request a carrel renewal. See Music Library Carrel Guidelines for more information. Apply online
Herman B Wells Library
Wells Library Graduate Carrel Guidelines
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.
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 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.
- 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. 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. First-come, first-served outside reservation hours.
Business/SPEA Information Commons (BSIC)
Sixteen group study rooms for 2-6 people are available at the BSIC; rooms include a computer and a large wall-mounted monitor that can project a laptop screen. In addition, whiteboards and tables are available. Check out key at desk. See full Business/SPEA IC group study room policies.
- Reserve a BSIC group study room
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.
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.
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.
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