Building Use Policies

The IU South Bend Libraries and Media Services prepare and support the members of the Indiana University South Bend community in successfully meeting their teaching, learning, and research goals, fosters intellectual discovery, and encourage lifelong learning.

Use of Library Materials

You are not required to have a library card to use the Libraries’ resources while in the Library. You must, however, have your library card to check out any materials, including reserve items. Library materials may be renewed in person, by responding to courtesy notice emails, or by phone (520-4440). Faculty and staff may also renew most items through the MY ACCOUNT feature in IUCAT.  Lost library cards may be replaced at the Circulation Desk. A complete listing of Circulation Policies is available at the Circulation Desk or at

Failure to return materials or pay for lost or damaged materials is a criminal offense and may result in the loss of library and university privileges.

Personal Security

Do not leave personal property unattended in the Library. Contact the Campus Security emergency number at 520-4239 to report suspicious behavior or a dangerous situation, then go to the Circulation Desk on first floor and inform staff there. Campus telephones are available on each floor by the elevators. Campus Security is available 24 hours a day for an escort on campus at 520-4239.


Lockers are available on the ground floor.  Patrons must use the locks provided by the library. Keys are available for 1 day check out at the Library Circulation Desk on the first floor. 

Any personal locks or library locks remaining on day-use lockers after closing will be cut off and the contents removed.  Patrons will be charged a replacement fee for the library lock. Non-perishable contents will be retained for one week, after which the contents will be donated to charity.

Use of Public Areas

Public areas are available for the use of faculty, students, staff, and the general public. Group study rooms are located on the fourth and fifth floors of the library.  Two rooms per floor are available on a first come, first serve basis.  The other study rooms and 2 conference rooms are reserved through LibCal. Priority is given to groups of two or more people. The second floor is the designated quiet area; noise should be kept to a minimum in other areas. No tobacco products are allowed; drinks must be in covered containers. Posters and notices may be posted on the bulletin boards on each floor with approval from the Office of Student Life Programs.

Arrangements must be made in advance for visiting groups, classes, or other special events. Please contact the Library Administrative Offices at 520-4404.

Faculty carrels are available by arrangement with the Library Administrative Offices at 520-4404.

Last Reviewed: 05/23/2016