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Bloomington Library: Operational Procedures During COVID-19

Operational Procedures During COVID-19

The library will be following all guidelines as stated in the Ivy Tech Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update.

If you have any questions, you may contact us by phone, text, or email at our Ask-a-Librarian page.


Research Help and Access to Online Resources

The library subscribes to a plethora of databases that provide access to thousands of online ebooks, magazines, scholarly journals, and streaming videos.  You can view the complete list of our resources at the Bloomington A - Z page.

Librarians are available to assist you with your research.  Visit Ask-a-Librarian where you can contact us by phone, text, email, or chat.  We are also happy to schedule a Zoom call for personalized service.

Library Instruction

The library offers instruction, upon request, to faculty, staff, and students. Instruction may include a general introduction to the campus library as well as instruction in the use of specific resources. Two of our main resources, IvyCat and Discover, have been through major changes recently, and they now have completely new interfaces.  A new Ivy Tech Library phone app will be available soon too.  Students and faculty may have questions about using these updated resources, and we will be happy to show you how! Use this form to request an instruction session.

Visiting the Library

The library is open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members. 

All current COVID-19 restrictions must be followed while in the library.

Current hours and directions to campus can be found at our Hours & Location page.

Under normal circumstances, quiet and unobtrusive food, snacks, and drinks would be acceptable.  During the pandemic, however, no food or drinks will be permitted in the library until further notice.

Borrowing and Returning Materials


Our book stacks are open.  For patrons who would prefer not to come into the building, you may search IvyCat, our online catalog.  Items may be placed on hold in the catalog, and we will make arrangements to meet you at a designated door to deliver your items.

Inter-library loan services are available.  Items may be borrowed from participating Ivy Tech campuses and other Indiana libraries.


Items may be renewed by contacting us through our Ask-a-Librarian page.


Items may be returned to the library service desk or to the drop box just outside the library door.  If you prefer not to come into the building, call us at 812-330-6080 or text us at 812-727-3075, and we will make arrangements to meet you at a designated door.

Reserve Items

Reserve textbooks and other items are available.  View the complete list on our Course Reserves page.  If you know that you need a specific book, call ahead and make an appointment.  We'll have the book waiting for you when you arrive. 

The scanner/copier/printer is available for use.

While we cannot scan complete books for you, we may be able to scan portions of books for you.  Call ahead to inquire.  When appropriate, we will upload scanned files to a secure location and send a link and password to your Ivy Tech email.

Calculators are available for check-out.

Earbuds are available upon request and will not need to be returned.

Using Computers

Computers with Office software and Internet access are available. 

Respondus LockDown Browser is available on all student computers.

Webcams are available for in-house use upon request.  Ask a the desk for assistance.

Black & white printing and color printing are available from library computers or from your personal device.

Newly Re-instated Services

Some of our previously suspended services have recently been re-instated.

  • Study rooms are now available for use.  Reservations can be made through the online booking system available on the Study Room Page
  • Anatomy models are now available for use in the library. Available models are shown on the Anatomy Library Guide.

Suspended Services

Because of the pandemic, selected services have been suspended for the foreseeable future.

  • Headphones are not available for check-out. Earbuds, however, are available upon request and do not need to be returned.
  • Virtual Reality equipment will not circulate at this time.