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COVID-19 and the IU Southeast Library: Home

This guide provides information about accessing the library building and services during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 and the IU Southeast Library

This page contains relevant information related to Indiana University Southeast Library's current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  For the most up-to-date information about IU's response to COVID-19, please see

Last updated June 15, 2021.

Reference & Research Assistance

Reference Librarians at IU Southeast are still here to help you.  Get in touch with us:

We have also created a Canvas site designed to help students learn some basic research skills.  Students can join the site by clicking “Enroll in Course" here:

We will still provide reference assistance to non-IU community members via the telephone (812-941-2489 - leave a message and we will return your call) or our Ask a Librarian service.

Virtual Reference Hours
(Summer Session I 2021)

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm


Library Building Hours - Spring 2021 (May 5th - August 22nd)

Library Building Hours:

Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Hours are subject to change.

The Library will be CLOSED Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day.

The IU Southeast Library is open to IU students, faculty, and staff.

Members of the community can contact the Circulation Desk (812-941-2485) to make an appointment for library use.

Library Operations - Summer 2021

Changes regarding the Library Building

  • Everyone is required to wear a cloth face covering in all IU buildings, including the Library, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Only the 2nd (main) and 3rd floors are open.
  • Please wash your hands immediately upon entering the building.
  • Clean any equipment used with the wipes provided before and after use.
  • Please practice social distancing - stay at least 6 feet from others. 
  • Group study rooms on the 3rd floor (rooms 302 and 320) are available for single users for quiet study only. These rooms are available on a first come-first served basis. Please make sure to sanitize the area before use and be mindful of others who may also need a private study area.

Physical Library Materials

  • Checking Out Books from IU Southeast:
    • Contact-Less Pickup: You can request items from our library using IUCAT's Request Delivery option.  You will be emailed once the item is ready for you to pick up on our contact-less hold shelf. 
    • Get IUS Books Mailed to Your Home: Faculty, students, and staff can request physical IU Southeast Library items be mailed to their homes.  Additional information about this service and the request form is available here.
    • Check Out at Circulation: You can find books in the 3rd floor Stacks and bring them down to the Circulation Desk for check out.
  • Checking Out Books from other IU Campuses:
    • Request Delivery & ALF Requests: Request Delivery and ALF Requests in IUCAT are available. You can request that items from other IU campuses (including the ALF) be delivered to the IU Southeast Library for contact-less pick up.
  • Interlibrary Loan: The Interlibrary Loan Department will be taking additional precautions in the Spring 2021 semester to help ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Physical items requested through Interlibrary Loan will be placed in a 72-hour quarantine upon arrival. This policy will create an increased delay in receiving requested items.
  • Online Access through HathiTrust: Indiana University students, faculty, and staff can also access books that IU Libraries own in print through HathiTrust Digital Library's Emergency Temporary Access.  Log in (select Indiana University as your partner institution) to HathiTrust for access. Users can read the book online in a web browser, but will not be able to download the work in full. Check out periods are in one-hour increments, which can be extended as long as another user has not requested access. The books accessed through Emergency Temporary Access Service are made available under the fair use sections of the United States Copyright Act. Copyright protections still exist for many of these books.  HathiTrust Digital Library's Emergency Temporary Access will be removed on August 10, 2021.
  • Access to Government Documents: We will not be able to provide access to physical items in our Federal depository library collection to the general public for the Spring 2021 semester.  Access to our online Government information is available as usual through our Government Information website, other LibGuides, and our catalog. Questions about Government information will be answered by a reference librarian by telephone (812-941-2489 - leave a message and we will return your call) or our Ask a Librarian service).