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.
Students and faculty with disabilities may check out a key for the elevator in the West Tower of the Herman B Wells Library. Students must be registered with the Disability Services for Students office in Wells Library W302. To arrange to get a key, email the Herman B 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.
"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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 use either 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. However, in other locations, most machines that accept cash also make change.
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 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, transparencies, and scans. For more information and current costs for photocopies is available at 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 can be purchased at the main East Tower circulation desk located on the second floor. During overnight hours, when the East Tower is closed, portable drives can be purchased in the West Tower.
Scanning standard 8 1/2" x 11" pages is free in the IU Bloomington Libraries. Units in the Herman B Wells Library (Reference Reading Room, 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.
Fragile, tightly bound, or oversized materials require special handling. East Tower 2 staff (located on the second floor of the Research Collections in the Herman B Wells Library) will scan these materials using a special cradle copier. Scans must be done by staff, and can be ordered at the East Tower 2 Circulation Desk. The scanner can copy materials up to 17" x 23" (single fold newspaper size) without damaging the original. Scans can be converted to PDF or TIFF files.
Users may provide their own CDs for scans, purchase a CD for $1.25, or have scans sent to an email address.
Electronic scans that are made by staff cost 15 cents per page. Prints also cost 15 cents per page.
For more information on the cradle copier, please see PS7000 Cradle Copier.
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.
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 Libary 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 email@example.com. 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 either the East Tower or West Tower circulation desks.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. Walk-ins appointments (currently on the Wells Library West Tower, 4th floor):
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.
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