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Library Research Help - Patricia

Wells Library Tour

The Herman B Wells Library is the main library on campus. It's located at the corner of 10th Street and Jordan Avenue. Here's a link to the building and collections directory, which will tell you what's on each floor. If you're looking for a book you've found in the library catalog, a map of the stacks will help you locate it. 

Some useful services to know about:

  • The main reference desk is located on the ground floor of the East Tower. You can ask questions in person here. If you use our chat service (chat box is accessible on the left sidebar of this guide as well as on the Libraries webpage), you'll talk with a librarian at this desk.
  • For in-depth research help, you can make a free appointment with a Research Assistant
  • To check out a book, there are circulation points in each tower.
  • The University Information Technology Services (UITS) Support Center is located in the Service Hub on the ground floor of the West Tower.
  • The Writing Center is located in the northeast corner of the ground floor of the West Tower. 
  • Any questions can be answered through one of the service points listed here
  • Wells Library has other notable services such as Media Services (media, dvds, games), a cafeteria and coffee shop, and large format printing.
  • Our spaces take into account many different learning and studying preferences, from reservable group study rooms to private carrels.

Take a virtual tour and learn about the services provided at the many IUB Libraries.




Scholars' Commons (Wells Library, East Tower) Floorplan


Wells Library East Tower Floormap

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students study in the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the West Tower of Wells Library, offers a number of helpful services with access to high-tech equipment. The Learning Commons has 68 workstations and 18 collaboration rooms for student use, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the academic year.

Learning Commons Workspaces

The Learning Commons offers a variety of study spaces for students. This includes large tables for groups to work on projects and more.

A four person collaboration room in the Learning Commons.

The Learning Commons collaboration rooms

The Learning Commons offers 18 collaboration for students to use. Students can reserve these rooms up to 24 hours in advance. 

librarian helps student at the reference desk

The Reference Desk

The Reference Desk offers on-demand research assistance for students, faculty, staff, and others via in-person, chat, email, and phone.

workstations in the Scholars' Commons

Scholars Commons

The Scholars' Commons is located on the ground floor of the East Tower at Wells Library and features the Reference Desk as well as open computers, reservable study rooms, a digitization lab, and makerspace.

Librarian helps student locate resource book.

Navigating the Stacks

The upper floors of the East Tower holds the majority of Wells Library's books. We are happy to help you locate anything you are looking for.