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IU Bloomington Libraries

The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries have been recognized by peers as the top university library in the country, a national library association announced in spring 2010.

The Fine Arts Library is the largest of its kind in the state. Its collection of about 1,200 books crafted and constructed by artists makes the library home to one of the largest such collections in the country.

Librarian Chanitra Bishop teaches students how to maximize their use of IUCat, the library system's online catalog.

The Lilly Library houses rare books and manuscripts. Its holdings include a copy of the New Testament of the Gutenberg Bible, Audubon's Birds of America, and George Washington's letter accepting the presidency of the United States.

A bust of Abraham Lincoln rests on a shelf in the Lincoln Room of the Lilly Library.

Librarian Christa Welty pulls books from the Herman B Wells Library in Bloomington to be taken to the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) -- a high-density shelving facility designed to alleviate shelving space constraints in the IU Libraries. It provides low-cost housing with conservation-level environmental controls for library materials.

Patrons utilize the Life Sciences Library in Jordan Hall.

The IU libraries and their environs offer an academic oasis for the IU community and the state.