In addition to holding over 600,000 books, the Library subscribes to almost 50 full-text databases, and provides online access to over 225,000 unique online books and 80,000 online journals, as well as a selection of print periodicals and newspapers. The Library also houses several special collections including a K-12 Curriculum Materials Center, the Center for Cultural Resources, the IUS Archives, the William L. Simon Sheet Music Collection, the papers of former U.S. Representative Baron Hill, the archives of the IUS Oral History Project, and two music collections, the William L. Simon Sheet Music Collection (popular American music) and the Ars Femina Collection (compositions by European and American women). Additionally, the Library is a selective depository of U.S. Government Publications.
Library hours are as follows:
- Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday noon - 6 p.m.
Special hours are posted.
If questions or problems arise about any library service or policy described below, please contact the Director of Library Services or a Reference Librarian.
IU Southeast Library operations are grouped into several functional areas, each of which is coordinated by a member of the Library Faculty. The areas are:
- Public Services
- Library Instruction
- Technical Services and Electronic Systems
- Access Services
- Collection Development and Special Collections
- Electronic Resources
Access to the IU Southeast Library collections is through IUCAT, IU's online public access catalog. The database includes the holding of all eight IU campuses. Several periodical indexes as well as selected full-text articles are also accessible through the Library’s webpage. There are public access terminals and printers in the Library. The IU Southeast Library webpage and all its features can also be accessed from anywhere on or off-campus via the Internet and the Library’s proxy server at all times. (Please check with the Library for further information.)
General circulation policy provides for a student check-out period of 45 days and electronic renewel and telephone renewals are accepted. Fines are 25 cents per day for each item. The check-out period for faculty is 120 days. The Library uses an on-line computer based circulation system, and an IU Southeast i.d. card is required in order to check out materials. A book return box is located on the campus next to the bus stop shelter.
Special services offered to faculty include placing materials on reserve, , faculty privileges at all Kentuckiana Metroversity and IU libraries, inter-library loan services and other reference and bibliographic assistance.
To place materials on reserve, the instructor should complete the appropriate reserve request form which is available to faculty in the Library or on the Course Reserve website. The form should be brought to the Library or mailed, together with any personally owned materials which have been listed on the form, to the Circulation Desk at least one week prior to the time the material is to be available to students. Print Reserve materials are shelved at the Circulation Desk under the last name of the instructor. Electronic Reserves are available for certain materials. The IU Southeast Library follows U.S. Copyright law when placing materials on reserve.
Library services are furnished to IU Southeast staff, faculty and students who visit the libraries of any Kentuckiana Metroversity insitution or any of the Indiana University libraries. In addition, the IU Southeast Library can secure materials for faculty and students from these and other libraries through interlibrary loan. Request forms for these services are available on the Library’s website. Please allow at least 10 days for receipt of materials.
The Library Instruction Program at Indiana University Southeast supports the educational programs of the University by providing effective, relevant, student-centered instructional services. These instructional services include library sessions designed to introduce students to relevant library resources and provide instruction in library research skills. Through our instructional services, the Library also supports the successful integration of Information Literacy--one of the University's General Education Goals and Outcomes--into the University curriculum.
Library instruction instruction sessions are designed to complement particular courses or fields of study. In addition, First Year Seminar (FYS) students are given a library instruction session as a part of the program requirements. Instruction covers use of local resources including the library’s website and online catalog (IUCAT), as well as electronic indexes and databases, subject-specific print indexes, and major bibliographies and reference tools. Procedures for the retrieval and use of information resources are also covered.
For further details about library instruction, please look at the IU Southeast Library’s instruction policy.
The Technical Services Staff is responsible for maintaining the on-line public access catalog (IUCAT), acquisitions, cataloging, processing periodicals and other serials, and binding.
These requests should be submitted on the appropriate form which is available on-line. Faculty members are encouraged to submit requests for library materials directly to the library staff via the web-based request procedure. Faculty members will be notified when materials are received. Please allow at least three months for processing, receipt and cataloging of materials.
Selection and Processing of Library Materials
The importance of wise selection of library materials has grown in proportion to the increase in the quantity of available materials, the cost of these materials, and the expense of acquiring, cataloging, housing, and servicing them. Faculty members are encouraged to recommend materials in their special subject fields. Any member of the faculty or staff may request that an item be added to the collection by completing an electronic purchase request form on the Library’s website. Library staff and faculty furnish access to library collections by maintaining the on-line public access catalog (IUCAT) and the Library website, and through various technical services processes, including cataloging, processing periodicals and other serials, and binding.
The IU Southeast Library General Collection
The objectives of the Library General Collection are:
- To support the curriculum with adequate materials in those subject areas taught by the University. This involves supplying books and periodicals for required, supplementary and ancillary reading for courses, and a broad based reference collection.
- To provide a basic collection aimed at the development of the humane and liberally education person in addition to curriculum requirements. This involves a collection of standard authors and works, representative collections of the best modern fiction and non-fiction, and a collection of outstanding current periodicals and back files.
In striving to meet its objectives within the limits of its resources, the Library will be guided by the following policies and procedures:
- To meet the needs of students with differing levels of ability, the Library will acquire materials ranging in difficulty from those for junior college to those for graduate students.
- In the acquisition of new titles, the major emphasis will be on current publications, and among those, works which promise to fulfill future as well as current needs.
- If materials are judged to be of marginal use to the collection, the holdings of IU system libraries will be consulted to avoid unnecessary duplication. Highly specialized materials needed for research can be obtained through inter-library loan.
- Electronic resources, including online access , DVD or CD-Rom will be included in the collection as a necessary tools in the research process. The inclusion of these resources will be based on curriculum requirements and financial considerations.
- Multiple copies of titles will not be purchased.
- Materials in foreign languages which are used for teaching and exercises in language courses offered at the University are desirable purchases for the Library. Foreign language materials, other than reference tools, will be purchased for non-language subjects only when there is evidence of their immediate usefulness to students and faculty.
- No materials will be excluded from the collection because of the race, gender, sexual orientation or nationality of the authors; or the political, moral, or religious views expressed. All sides of a controversial issue should be represented in the collection.
- For back files of serials publications, digitial versions or microforms will be selected over paper copies when both are available.
- Gifts of either library materials or money to purchase them will be accepted provided they fit into the above policies and provided there are no restrictions attached. The library must be free to dispose of any materials which are not needed.
- The removal of obsolete materials for purposes of de-selection is considered an integral part of the total organized effort to develop the collection. Badly damaged copies will be withdrawn and items will be weeded if they contain outdated or inaccurate information.
The IU Southeast Library Curriculum Materials Center (CULAB)
The objective of the Curriculum Materials Center is to provide a collection of K-12 print and non-print materials for students in Education to support their practice teaching, methods courses and research.
To meet its objective within the limits of its resources, the Curriculum Materials Center will be guided by the following policies and procedures:
- To maintain a collection of commercially published textbooks for grades K-12. Presently, these texts are acquired through donations from publishers as part of the Indiana Textbook Adoption Cycle. IU Southeast is one of ten regional Public Textbook Review sites in the state.
- To acquire high-quality non-fiction trade publications to supplement the textbook collection, or to be used independently for instruction. (Materials which cover the history or theory of education are located in the IU Southeast Library General collections.)
- To build a collection of children's and young adult literature including the winners of Newberry and Caldecott awards. This collection includes picture books, easy readers, intermediate and adolescent fiction, folktales and fairytales.
- The Curriculum Materials Center Reference Collection includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference sources typically used by K-12 students.
- A collection of non-print media representative of those currently used in elementary and secondary school classrooms includes video materials, audio recordings, multimedia kits, games and manipulatives.
The Center for Cultural Resources
The Center for Cultural Resources, housed in the Curriculum Materials Center, collects and and organizes resource materials to provide diverse cultural enrichment activities with a global perspective for classrooms from pre-K through the university level. Training is provided for pre-service and in-service teachers who wish to borrow sets of materials.