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.

More information about services specific to Wells Library

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. 

Class Reserves

For Students

"Reserves" refers to any print, media, and electronic 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 new library catalog.

Class Reserves Circulation Policies & Print Reserve Locations

For Faculty & Instructors

Faculty and instructors may place items on reserve for a class, 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.

Information about library services for faculty relating to course materials

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.  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.  812-855-6924. Email:


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?

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?

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 Information Commons in the Herman B Wells Library to attach to their network IDs.

Information about printing for non-affiliates is available via the Knowledge Base entry As A Guest, How Can I Print at the Herman B Wells Library?.

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 a Value Transfer Station machine located in the Herman B Wells Library on the ground floor near the cafeteria, 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.


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.

Graduate Carrels

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: Apply online
  • 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. Applications for carrels are available at the Fine Arts Library circulation desk. 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 See Fine Arts Library Carrel Instructions and Policies for more information.


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.

Information about course reserves

Instructional Materials

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.

Instructional Consulting

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

Faculty & Instructors: Request an Instructional Consultation

Course Guides

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.

Faculty & Instructors: Request a Course Guide

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.

Research Consultation

Arrange a consultation with a librarian to get assistance with...

  • developing a research topic
  • searching for sources for a paper or project for your class
  • dissertation and thesis research
  • ... and more

Consultations are available with or without an appointment in the Learning Commons (Wells Library, West Tower, 1st Floor):

      M-W, 10am-10pm
      Th, 10am-5pm
      F, 10am-4pm
      Sunday, 2-10pm

Contact us to schedule a consultation. 

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.

Wells Library Faculty Study Guidelines & Instructions for Faculty Study Holders

Apply for a Faculty Study

Today's Hours

8:00am - 9:00pm See all


  • 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
  • Food ServiceCyber Cafe: Ground Floor. Regular hours for today (may differ during breaks): 7:00am - 4:00pmFood Service
  • CafeCampus Cafe at Wells Library, located in main lobby. Regular hours for today (may differ during breaks): 7:00am - 7:00pmCafe
  • Computer WorkstationsComputer Workstations
  • PrintingBlack/white, color and plotter printing available. Printing
  • ScanningScanning
  • Copy Machine(s)Copiers are located on the 1st and 9th floors of the East Tower. Copy Machine(s)
  • Reserve ServicesReserve items are available in the Media/Reserves department on the ground floor. 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
Diane Dallis - Associate Dean for Library Academic Services

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