Spring 2021 library hours and services

We are still, and always, here to help

Building Hours

As the semester progresses, IU Libraries will constantly monitor the evolving health situation and then modify access to in-person services and spaces as needed. Each Library location will operate slightly differently to meet the needs of its most directly connected campus communities. Use our directory to check hours and services before visiting any specific library location.  

Research Help

The Scholars' Commons reference desk is available through our Ask a Librarian chat and email (libref @ indiana . edu). You can also call the Scholars' Commons reference desk at 812-855-8028.  If you seek in-depth research help or teaching support in your discipline use our  subject specialists.

Using physical collections

Highlighted Modifications

Books and materials
  • Returned materials will be quarantined before processing. This will mean that materials will remain on accounts for several days after placing them in library book drops.
  • Most library locations are unable to allow any kind of book or material browsing due to the potential spread of COVID-19 on physical materials. Anyone touching materials on library shelves will sanitize before and after doing so.  

To use physical materials, IU Libraries offers Request Delivery. Library staff will collect items as requested by students and faculty. Pick up will be at your selected pick-up location. Faculty and graduate students with secure campus mail situations may be able to use Office Delivery services. 

Additionally, IU Bloomington faculty, staff, and students can make reservations to browse the Wells Library East Tower Stacks for 30 minutes once per day. There are two reservation slots at a time and reservations must be made at least twelve hours in advance. Please note that any physical items which are available digitally through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service cannot be checked out at this time. For complete instructions, please visit the Stacks Browsing Reservation webpage.

Finding your space to study

A quick list of locations or services with no walk-in availability


Locations outside of the Herman B Wells Library with no walk-in hours (use email for consultation or appointments)

Archives of Traditional Music, Morrison Hall 117

Sciences Library, Chemistry C002 

Wylie House Museum, 307 E. Second Street, Bloomington 

Lilly Library, E. 7th Street


Herman B Wells Library public departments with no walk-in hours (use email for consultation or appointments)

Government Information, Maps and Microform Services

Moving Image Archives

University Archives