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. 

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.

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.

  • 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.

Today's Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm All hours


  • Building Access East entrance to Swain Hall West is wheelchair accessible. You may also use west side service drive to freight elevators via the basement entrance. Building Access
  • CarrelsIndividual study areas are available on a first come, first served basis. Carrels
  • ScanningWe have two scanners for public use. Scanning
  • Copy Machine(s)Two copy machines available. Copy Machine(s)
  • Reserve ServicesOver 500 items available in class reserves. Reserve Services
  • Quiet Study SpaceHalf of the library is quiet study space. Quiet Study Space
  • PrintingPrinters are available. Printing
  • Computer WorkstationsWe have 10 public workstations in the Swain Hall Library. Computer Workstations

Contact Info

Swain Hall West 208
727 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-5533 (Fax)
Bob Noel - Head, Swain Hall Library, Associate Librarian
(812) 855-3437

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