The first thing you see as you enter the Library is the circular Reference Desk, with the Reference Librarian available to give you whatever guidance you need to learn your way around. Our capable librarians will help you to find the most efficient way to get what you need — and that is probably the most important thing you need to know about the Library.

At any time during Library hours, consult with a Reference Librarian at the Reference Desk or by phone at (812) 941-2489.

Archives & Special Collections

As the official repository of IU Southeast, the Library preserves a variety of official and historical documents and records, including Bulletins, reports, manuals, photographs, and a complete run of The Horizon, the IU Southeast student newspaper.

The Library also houses several special collections, including the award-winning Ars Femina archives, and the William Simon Sheet Music Collection. The Indiana University Center for Cultural Resources is a collection of resource kits, each organized to teach a core of 12 universal themes on unity and diversity.

For information about IU Southeast Library Special Collections, please contact Jackie Johnson, Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections (812) 941-2469, or Marty Rosen, Director of Library Services (812) 941-2631.

Reference Collections

Behind the Reference Desk is a collection of materials including encyclopedias, dictionaries, collections of facts and statistics, directories, books of quotations, and much more. This is a good place to find a quick fact or a general overview of a subject. Because these resources should be available at all times, these books may not be checked out. The materials are arranged in Library of Congress call number order on the reference shelves, as is the regular book collection.


The IU Southeast Library subscribes to more than 1,000 periodicals. These include newspapers, magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, and scholarly journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Selected issues of newspapers and a few magazines are kept in the second floor reading area. The main collection is housed in alphabetical order on the first floor.

There are several copies of the IU Southeast Periodicals List available in the Library. You can also search IUCAT for the title of a periodical to see if IU Southeast subscribes, or if it is available electronically.

Government Publications

This location is where you'll find federal government information. Numerous government resources are available on the web.

For information about Government Publications, please contact the Reference Desk at (812) 941-2489.