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

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

130,000films 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 will be available for you to see and hold when the library reopens in summer 2021 after extensive renovations.

Visit the Lilly Library