FAQ About the Library




Interlibrary Loan

Off-campus access

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When is the library open?

The Chemistry Library hours for the Fall and Spring semesters are:

Monday             8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Tuesday           8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Wednesday     8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Thursday          8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Friday                8:00 am  - 5:00 pm

Saturday           1:00 pm  - 5:00 pm

Sunday             1:00 pm  - 10:00 pm


You may check the exceptions to those hours for the fall and spring semester, as well as the hours for Summer I and Summer II.



Can I bring food or drink to the library?

No food or drinks will be allowed at the computers. Food and covered drinks are permitted elsewhere in the Chemistry Library. 



Can I get a key of the library?

IUB faculty, research scientists, and post-doctoral fellows may obtain a personal key to the Chemistry Library. In addition, all students doing research, including undergraduate students engaged in research, are eligible for a key. A faculty member may also sponsor a staff member or PA to receive a key or may sign for a group key that can then be used by anyone in the research group.


For more information about obtaining a key, email us!



How long can I keep a book?

The minimum loan period for circulating books is two weeks. After ten days, materials are subject to recall.  Books may be renewed as many times as necessary unless they are recalled.  Loan periods for non-reserve circulating materials will vary by patron category:

Faculty: 120 days

Staff: 120 days

Post Doc: 120 days

Graduate Student: 120 days

Undergraduate Student: 45 days

Interlibrary Loan: 30 days

Indiana Resident: 30 days


Reserve materials have a loan period of two hours with no overnight check outs



What is the loan period for reserve materials?

Reserve materials have a loan period of two hours that may be renewed. Reserve materials are not subject to overnight check outs.



How can I renew materials?

You can renew materials in person, by phone, by e-mail, or using IUCAT. An exception is reserve materials, which have to be renewed in person. 


For renewing using IUCAT, login to My Account. Please be sure to read the renewal confirmation list after renewing materials using My Account, because it is possible that all items may not be renewed.



How many books can I check out?

There is not a maximum limit to the number of books that you can check out.



How can I get an article that IU-Bloomington does not have?

All IU faculty, students and staff may request materials that the IU-Bloomington libraries do not own using the  interlibrary loan (ILL) services. You may submit an ILL request here.


Need help with ILL? Ask a Librarian!



Is Interlibrary Loan (ILL) free?

Yes, ILL services are free of charge for IU Bloomington faculty, staff, and students.



I'm off campus and want to get access to an article I used in the library.

Most of the IU Bloomington Libraries electronic resources are available for IU Bloomington users off campus, though there are some exceptions due to publishers licensing restrictions. To connect to an electronic resource from the IU Bloomington Libraries using a commercial internet service provider (AT&T, America Online, etc.), you will be asked to enter your ADS username and password/passphrase in a dialog box. Once you do that, you should be able to have access to that resource.


If you have problems with a particular journal or database, you may check the information about IT Notices. This page lists elecronic journals and databases that have been reported to have access difficulties.


Need Help? Ask a Librarian




      last updated: 5/29/2012