Libraries

Dozens of libraries connecting you to knowledge and art throughout history

The vast print and electronic collections at IU Bloomington link you to ideas, information, and creations that span disciplines, media, and millennia.

Our library system is one of the largest, best, and most innovative in the nation. IU’s libraries are open to the entire IU community and all Indiana residents. And our online tools and expert staff will help you find exactly what you need.

Explore all of IU Bloomington’s libraries and resources

9.9 millionvolumes in 450 languages, plus 1.9 million e-books and 60,000 electronic journal subscriptions

100,000films in the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, one of the largest film collections at an academic library

The Herman B Wells Library: resources for everyone

More than two million visitors per year access our iconic Wells Library, making it one of the most heavily used academic spaces on campus. Its two limestone towers house millions of materials and much more, including:

  • The Learning Commons, with individual workstations and collaboration rooms available 24/7
  • The Grad Commons, with resources for graduate students
  • The Scholars’ Commons, which supports research through workshops, individual and collaborative workspaces, access to technology and experts, and the 16-screen IQ-Wall for interactive visualization
Learn about the Wells Library

Discover rarities of all kinds at the Lilly Library

A woman looks at documents on display in a glass case at the Lilly Library.

The New Testament of the Gutenberg Bible. George Washington’s letter accepting the U.S. presidency. The world’s largest collection of mechanical puzzles. These are just a few of the millions of rare books, manuscripts, and other items in IU’s Lilly Library that are available for you to see and hold.

Visit the Lilly Library

More libraries for collaborating, researching, and learning

Our dozens of libraries are spread throughout schools, residence halls, and other units on campus. They include: