Building Use Policies

Welcome to the Franklin D. Schurz Library and Dorothy J. Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons (WERC).  In order to create an inviting and comfortable environment conducive to the educational, research, and study needs of Indiana University South Bend students, faculty and staff, we ask for your cooperation with the following library and university policies and in accordance with local, state, and federal law.


Most library materials are shelved in open stacks and can be browsed easily.  You do not need to re-shelve the materials you use; in fact, we prefer that you don’t. Clearly marked carts and tables are nearby where you can leave materials when you are done.  You need a valid IU id or library card to check out library materials.  Because many of the materials in our collections are fragile or irreplaceable, we ask that you handle library materials with care.


There are over 100 computers at the IU South Bend Libraries.  All require a username and password to login.  For those not affiliated with IU, you will need to obtain a borrower’s card from one of the Circulation Desks to access these computers. Printing and scanning are also available.  See detailed computer policies for more information.


At the Schurz Library, the 2nd floor has been designated as the quiet floor. In this area, conversations should be kept to a minimum and cell phones quieted.  

On all other floors, we ask that you be considerate of others, keeping noise levels low to avoid disturbing other library users. 

Reserved Spaces

There are some rooms in the Schurz Library and WERC that can be reserved in advance. We ask that you carefully abide by these special room policies.

Conference Room, 3rd floor, Room L301

Faculty and staff use

Conference Room, 4th floor, Room L406

Faculty, staff, and student groups

Study Rooms4th and 5th floors

Students, priority given to groups of two or more

One Button Studio, 1st floor

Faculty, staff and students


Faculty, staff and students

Four of the corner study rooms – 403D, 404D,  503D, and 504D – are open at all times. They do not require reservations and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Faculty and graduate researchers may reserve private research carrels in the Schurz Library for one semester at a time. See the research carrels page  for more details.

Food and Drink

Please be reasonable and responsible when bringing food and drink into the libraries. Help preserve a clean and pleasant study area by recycling and disposing of trash; alerting staff to spills; and taking care around library collections and furniture.   No food and drink are permitted at computer workstations.

For your convenience, hot beverages and snacks are sold in the Dorene Dwyer Hammes Media Commons and Café on the first floor of the Schurz Library. There also is a microwave available for heating food.

Personal Security

Please do not leave personal items unattended at any time.  Found items turned in are held at the Circulation Desks of both libraries.
Contact the Campus Police emergency number at 574-520-4239 to report suspicious behavior or a dangerous situation, then inform staff at the Circulation Desk. At Schurz Library, campus telephones are available on each floor by the elevators. Campus Police are available 24 hours a day for an escort on campus.


Lockers are available on the ground floor of Schurz Library. You must use the locks provided by the library. Keys are available for one-day check-out at the Schurz 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. You 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 sent to the campus Lost and Found.


Please be careful not to move, damage or deface furniture, walls and computers. Entrances, exits, corridors, and stairwells must be kept unobstructed to allow everyone to proceed freely at all times.
Graffiti and damage to furniture, books, magazines/periodicals, etc., are considered destruction of university property and all incidents of this nature will be reported to campus police.


You must comply with staff directions during emergency situations. 


At the Schurz Library, Campus Police and library staff clear all the floors 15 minutes before closing. At 9 p.m. each evening, access to the tunnel that runs to Northside Hall is closed for security purposes.  

No one may remain in either library after closing.  

Other Relevant Library Policies

The Libraries also follow university policies regarding:

Updated 6/2017