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last updated: 7/12/2010

Chapter 3

What to do if you can’t find a group workstation in the IC


Group workstations are a fantastic idea and one of the Wells Library’s most popular features. But, as academia would have it, there are often more groups that need to work than there are available stations.


1)      Make a few laps around the IC and scope out all the group workstations. If you see an individual using a workstation intended for a group, it’s your lucky day.


2)      Ask someone at the information desk to kick him off. (No need for you to do the dirty work. Evicting someone in mid-project is better left to paid professionals.)


3)      Try the fifth floor of the West Tower in the Wells Library. Additional workstations are located there.


4)      If there are no available workstations at all, make the most of your time while you’re waiting. Consult with your group. Look for a free individual computer. Is there something one of you can do online and report back to the group?  


5)      Check out a laptop and huddle around. Laptops are available at the circulation desk at the entrance of the IC.


6)   Find open seating in the Student Technology Centers via Google Maps. Follow a link from your computer or access the seatfinders from your mobile phone here.




What to do if you’re stuck in the elevator


The Wells Library has seven public elevators, and they’re notoriously slow and temperamental. Pranksters often ring the elevators’ alarms (located inside the doors to the left), and the bell also goes off if the elevator is overloaded.


1)      If the elevator does not move or if the doors do not open, it’s best to seek help by using the emergency phone located behind the panel beneath the floor buttons on the right side of the elevator.


 2)     Press the button marked “Emergency” and speak clearly. Your call will be answered by the IU Control Center, a central office on campus where building systems such as heating, venting, and elevators are monitored remotely 24/7. These emergency phones are tested daily to ensure the connections are working.


3)      If the elevator is stopped between floors and the door is partially open, do not attempt to crawl out. Wait for help to arrive. Breathe deeply. Stay calm.


Avoid long waits and get a workout by using the stairs. There are 166 steps from the first to the tenth floor of the East Tower.

Note: Stairwells in the Wells Library are not soundproof. If you go there for privacy to talk on your cell phone, bad move. People studying quietly on nearby floors will probably hear your every word.




The East Tower of the Wells Library, which contains most of the books in the building, has eleven floors. The elevator only goes to 10. For books on the 11th floor, ride the elevator to 10 (cross your fingers you don’t get stuck), then take the stairs.




What to do if you need to return a book and can’t find a parking spot at the Wells Library


We know. We know. This is one of your greatest concerns at IU. But don’t stress out too much. You do have options.


1)      Return books at one of the three drive-up book drops located on the south side of the Wells Library.


2)      Book drops are located at the end of the sidewalk leading to the library and just north of the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center in a turnaround located at Jordan and Seventh Street. If it’s summertime, the book drops may be hidden by ornamental grasses.


3)      Return books at any of the branch libraries, regardless of where you checked them out. Take the books inside to a circulation desk, usually located near the library entrance.


If you’re crunched for time and can’t return your materials by the due date, buy some extra time by renewing your book online. Go to IUCAT, the online catalog, and log in to “My Account.”

Students lobbied for the installation of the book drops in 2002, when the president of the IU Student Association promised to advocate for their installation as part of his election platform. Don’t let their hard work go to waste.



How to find a good place to study


Getting your work done can be hard enough, given the number of classes you’re taking, your part-time job, and the amount of socializing you have to fit in. It’s doubly hard if you try to do it when you’re in a bad space.


1)      Remove yourself from the distractions of your everyday environment. Claim a corner of campus as your own. The Wells Library may have what you need.


2)      When you need quiet, try the reference reading room in the East Tower. Students in there mean business. Or find a spot in the East Tower stacks. They might not be pretty, but they are pretty quiet. For group study, there are plenty of tables available on the 3rd and 4th floors of the West Tower.


3)      Explore other branch libraries, which are quiet and open to anyone regardless of major. Choose one that’s near your residence hall, your apartment, or your next class.


4)      If someone’s in “your spot,” readjust. Study nearby and reclaim your space when it’s available.


5)      Never reserve your spot by leaving your belongings there unattended, even if you leave for a short time to use the restroom or to grab a snack. Laptops are prime targets for theft.



What to do when you need to walk home alone late at night


So you put off your homework until the evening and now you’re leaving the library at 2 a.m. You already qualify to be a statistic for procrastinators; don’t put yourself in danger of being another one.


1)      Don’t walk home alone late at night unless you absolutely have to.


2)      Call 812-855-SAFE and catch a ride with the IU Safety Escort. They offer services until 2 a.m. on weeknights and 12 midnight on weekends. All you need is a valid student ID.


3)      Keep a copy of the bus schedule, freely available in any campus bus. Buses might still be running when you need to get home.


4)      If you can’t catch a ride, use only well-lit walking paths and be aware of the blue-light emergency phones located throughout campus. Campus safety maps are available through the Office of Women’s Affairs.


The Information Commons is open 24/7. It closes only five days a year: Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.


last updated: 7/12/2010