The IUPUI University Library building will be closed until further notice. Library services will continue virtually. Find up-to-date information on new and ongoing virtual library services.

Coronavirus: Keep Teaching, Keep Learning

The IUPUI University Library building is now closed until further notice. We will reopen when the campus resumes normal operations or if requested to do so by the Chancellor. 

In response to the rapidly changing situation with the novel COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and with the safety and well-being of students and others in mind, IU President Michael A. McRobbie issued a university-wide letter on March 15. Among the key measures is the suspension of classroom teaching following an extended Spring Break (March 16-30). For the duration of the Spring 2020 semester, classes will continue in an e-learning environment to allow faculty to keep teaching and students to keep learning. Please see for more information.

Library Services that will continue to be available include:

●      Virtual reference and research help via phone, text, and chat

●      Zoom research consultations and instructional support

●      Access to electronic books, journals, and database subscriptions

●      Interlibrary loan of electronic articles and book chapters

●      On Demand e-book and article services

Research help

Call 317-274-0469, text 317-279-6630, email us at, or use the Chat service to send us an instant message. Chat hours starting March 23, 2020:

●      Monday - Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

If you seek in-depth research help or teaching support in your discipline, subject librarians and archivists at the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives are available to correspond via email or Zoom consultations.   

Reliable national and local resources about COVID-19

The IUPUI Ruth Lilly Medical Library has created a guide linking to trustworthy resources about COVID-19.

Library and open education resources in your online classes

Instructors, if you are new to online teaching or want to enhance an existing online course all while saving students money, consider using the library's resources and free, quality open education resources as content for your courses

Access to electronic books, journals, and database subscriptions

The databases, journals, and e-books to which the Library subscribes will remain accessible to you. Subject librarians maintain discipline-specific research guides to streamline these resources by subject. If you are not accustomed to accessing these resources from off campus, you may want to refer to this IU Knowledge Base article, About the IU VPN.

We are aware that many of our information providers are experiencing higher than normal usage. As a result, some databases are down. We are keeping track of all of these instances at our Tech Issues page.

Vendors of library materials having been making statements on the pandemic as well. See our page with vendor responses for more information including extended access to databases courtesy of information vendors and publishers.

Borrowing, renewing, and returning materials and fines 

Our physical collections, searchable through IUCAT, are not available due to library closures. 

Please renew your materials as you are able. Fines accrued during the period we are closed are waived for IU/IUPUI items that may become overdue during this time.. 

Interlibrary loan

We will continue to attempt to fill article and book chapter requests from University Library patrons electronically, though availability and delivery time may be affected by other libraries’ closures. Requests for physical materials (i.e. books, DVDs, etc.) will not be accepted until on-campus classes resume. If there are physical materials you need to complete your coursework, please submit a purchase request. We will purchase an electronic version to ensure the item becomes available to you in a timely manner. If you request a title that doesn’t have an electronic version, someone from the Library will be in touch with you. Alternatively, if you know that you need a specific chapter from a book, or if you need more information about a book and would like a copy of the table of contents to review, please submit a book chapter request.

We have suspended overdue notices and will be proactively trying to renew items on your behalf. For questions about interlibrary loan, please email

On Demand Services

Most On Demand Services will continue to function as normal with the exception of Books on Demand. While you will still be able to request purchase of books via IUCAT or via our Purchase Request Form, we will only be purchasing e-books to ensure they become available to users in the most timely manner possible. If you request a title that doesn’t have an electronic version, someone from the Library will be in touch with you.

Library Instruction

Librarians are available for Zoom and asynchronous instruction. Please reach out to your subject librarian to schedule a session or arrange for asynchronous materials, such as tutorials, to be added to your Canvas course site.

Research Consultations

Subjects librarians are available for zoom research consultations for faculty and students (including student groups) who need help with their research. If you don’t see a time on the online schedule that works for you, please contact your librarian directly for additional times. You can also email librarians with your questions. 


Updated Apr 11, 2020 by Herbert Simon Family Dean