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 and Circulation
Students, faculty and staff of Indiana University, persons affiliated with Indiana University, residents of the State of Indiana, 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 and the Indiana Memorial Union for printing larger items. For information, including sizing and current costs, see In the STCs, where can I print a large map or poster?
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.
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 either use your Campus Access Card to pay for copies or purchase a Copy Card. Each of these cards works as a debit card. Note: Copy machines in the Wells Library do not accept cash or credit cards.
Visitors may purchase a reloadable Copy Card that will work as a debit card in the same way as a Campus Access Card. The cost for a Copy Card is $1.00 and additional funds for copying must be added to that amount. The machine will subtract the card fee from the money inserted. These can be purchased from cash-to-card machines in several locations on campus (note that the Wells Library location is currently unavailable due to renovation work), and at the Copies and More stores located in the Indiana Memorial Union and Eigenmann Hall. These locations offer color copies and additional services. Additional services include FAX send and receive, binding, laminating, etc. For more information and pricing details, see the Copies and More website.
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 2, 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, Oncourse or Box account.
Printing of scanned results uses the standard printing procedures and allocations.
Special scanning equipment and services are available as well:
Fine Arts Library
The Fine Arts Library has a large 11x17 inch, 48 bit color, scanner that is perfect for generating high resolution scans.
Microfilm and Microfiche
East Tower 2 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.
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
Fine Arts Library
Graduate students in the School of Fine Arts may request a carrel assignment in the Fine Arts Library (FAL) for the academic year. FAL materials can be checked out to the carrel for the school year, although all items are subject to recall after a two-week period. Continuing students may request a carrel renewal in April. If you have any questions regarding FAL carrel applications or usage, please feel free to contact the Fine Arts Library directly at 855-3314 or email@example.com. See Fine Arts Library Carrel Instructions and Policies for more information.
Applications for carrels are available at the Fine Arts Library circulation desk.
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.
Instructional Resources for Faculty & Instructors
Course Reserves & Readings
Faculty and instructors may place items on class reserves, 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.
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
- Integrate research and information skills into a course or program
- Plan the development of an online Course Guide
- Create tools to assess student learning
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.
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.
Use the ILL service for articles not owned on the Bloomington campus and for books not owned by any IU library.
To use this service, submit a request giving us as much information as you can. First time users will be asked for some registration information.
To have books owned by an IU library delivered to a campus library near you, use Request Delivery. To have articles owned only in print on the Bloomington campus delivered to you, use Request Article 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 IUB Libraries across campus offer group study spaces, collaboration rooms and quiet study spaces for use by students, faculty and staff.
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.
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.
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, Sunday - Friday. If not reserved, and all day Saturday, 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.
Serot Commons, Swain Hall Library
Mixed atmosphere accommodating graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty (quiet group work permitted).
Ample space and public workstations capable supporting individual or group work.
Seven workstations, two public scanners, print release station, and magnetic white board.
Wells Library West Tower - 3rd & 4th Floor
First-come/first-served; groups have priority.
Rooms are equipped with a whiteboard and have a capacity for up to five people.
3rd floor: Nine collaboration rooms
4th floor: Eleven collaboration rooms ** Note: these rooms are unavailable from early June - late July due to Orientation activities. **
Rooms may not be used for course instruction or to hold office hours.
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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