Temporary Computer Account

Visitors to the Libraries may request a Temporary Computer Account (guest account) to allow them full access from inside the IU Bloomington Libraries to online databases, electronic books, electronic journals, and the general resources of the Internet.  These accounts are free and are valid for up to 30 days.

To obtain a Temporary Computer Account (guest account), stop at Access Services, the circulation desk in the Wells Library Scholars Commons, first floor, East Tower. Unlike the Borrower's Card, the Temporary Computer Account (guest account) can be procured by Indiana residents and anyone outside of the state. Simply present a current government-issued photo ID and ask for a Temporary Computer Account (guest account) at the circulation desk.

The Temporary Computer Account (guest account) can be used on any library-owned computer in the Wells Library and in the branch libraries. In the Wells Library, library-owned workstations can be found in the Scholars' Commons on the first floor of the East Tower; the Government Information, Maps, and Microform Services Department on the second floor; and on floors 4 through 10 of the Wells Library East Tower. Temporary Computer Accounts (guest account) cannot be used in the Learning Commons on the first floor of the West Tower of the Wells Library, or on computers that are part of the UITS Student Technology Centers, including those in branch libraries. 

Printing Card for Guests

To print in the IU Bloomington Libraries, visitors unaffiliated with IUB must obtain a Temporary Computer Account (guest account) as described above. For a small fee, you may obtain a print card at this time as well. The print card can be used for regular 8.5" x 11" printing within the IU Bloomington Libraries. Contact Access Services with any questions about obtaining a print card. 

Other Details

  • The Temporary Computer Account cannot be used to connect from computers off-campus.
  • If you wish to visit another campus library to obtain a Temporary Computer Account, we advise you call ahead.
  • For information about connecting to library wi-fi using a personal laptop or mobile device, see Wireless Access for Visitors.
  • Offering this network access fulfills our commitment to the Federal Depository Library Program as it allows citizens to easily access electronic government information.
  • Priority use of library workstations is for students, faculty, and staff of Indiana University. Non-affiliated users with Temporary Computer Accounts may be asked to relinquish the workstations to the priority users.
  • Please note our policy on Appropriate Use of Public Access Computers.