Indiana University

Library staff members proudly display their love for the IU Bloomington Libraries.

Staff and students celebrate being named the top university library in the country.

Additional photos from the ACRL celebration

Watch the celebration ceremony in its entirety

Check out photos from the Edible Book Festival, also on April 1, 2010

IU's Libraries Named Nation’s Best

(No fooling!)

Despite celebrating the honor on April Fools’ Day, nobody doubted its legitimacy or merit: the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries were recognized by peers as the top university library in the country.  

At the horn-tooting celebration in the lobby of the Herman B Wells Library, IU President Michael McRobbie and Provost Karen Hanson and provost congratulated hundreds of employees and guests. The president of the Association of College and Research Libraries presented the award, sponsored by YBP Library Services.      

In January the Association of College and Research Libraries named the IU Bloomington Libraries winner of its Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university division. The annual award, conceived as a team honor, recognizes the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff who work together to support the mission of the institution.  At IU, that’s nearly 300 employees working in 16 libraries or units, ranging from branch libraries to the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility and the Wylie House Museum.  

The Association of College Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, is a professional association of more than 12,000 academic librarians and other interested individuals.