On the Bloomington campus, the Herman B Wells Library, with its double towers of Indiana limestone, is the visual center of the multi-library system and primarily supports the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. More than 4.6 million volumes are contained in this building. Especially noteworthy are the collections that support IU’s international and area studies, including interdisciplinary research collections developed in the areas of African Studies, Russian and East European Studies, Uralic and Altaic Studies, East Asian Studies, and West European Studies.

In addition to departments responsible for public service points, listed in the 'Departments' menu item to the left, Wells Library also houses Library Administration, Business Affairs & Facilities, Collection Development, Digital Collections Services, Library Academic Services, Libraries Human Resources, Library Technologies, and Technical Services.

Specially designed student and researcher spaces in the Wells Library include the Learning Commons, Scholars' Commons and Grad Commons.

For a list of spaces and Partner Units in the East and West Towers of the library, see the Wells Library Building & Collections Directory.

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Today's Hours

8:00am - 9:00pm All hours


  • Building Access Access to building from north (10th st) and south (Jordan Ave parking). Limited permit parking available. Area under construction; please call 812-855-0100 for latest information. Building Access
  • Cafe / Coffee ShopCampus Cafe at Wells Library, located in main lobby. Regular hours for today (may differ during breaks): 7:00am - 7:00pmCafe / Coffee Shop
  • Computer WorkstationsComputer Workstations
  • PrintingBlack/white, color and plotter printing available. 3-D printing lab on the 4th floor, West Tower. Printing
  • ScanningScanning
  • Copy Machine(s)Copiers are located on the 1st and 9th floors of the East Tower. Copy Machine(s)
  • Reserve ServicesClass reserves are available from the Library Services Desk in the Learning Commons (West Tower). Loan lengths vary; most reserve items can be checked out for two or four hours. Reserve Services
  • CarrelsGraduate and honors undergraduate students may request carrels. Contact Access Services for more info, 5-4673. Carrels
  • Media Showing RoomReservable by instructors to screen library materials for classes. Please contact Media & Reserves Services, 5-1650. Media Showing Room
  • Presentation RoomsPresentation Rooms
  • Group Study SpaceGroup Study Space
  • Quiet Study SpaceEast tower floors 4-10, West tower floors 2-3. Quiet Study Space
  • Lactation RoomEast Tower, 2nd floor, room 258. Ask at Government Documents dept desk for key. Lactation Room
  • ATMGround floor lobby area. ATM

Contact Info

1320 E 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-2576 (Fax)
Diane Dallis - Associate Dean for Library Academic Services, Associate Librarian

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