The Institute and IU Campus Facilities

Indiana University, Bloomington Campus
Institute participants will be granted visiting faculty status, which will earn them an Indiana University ID card and email account. With their ID card, they will have access to all of IU’s libraries, other university facilities such as the fitness center, and free use the City of Bloomington’s award-winning public transit system.


IU’s campus is frequently named one of the prettiest in the country and it is especially lovely during the summer. Picturesque highlights on campus include the iconic Sample Gates, Dunn’s Woods, Jessie H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Arboretum, and the Showalter Fountain, with other areas in the wider Bloomington area to enjoy as well.

Our Location: the Social Science Research Commons

The Institute will meet in the Grand Hall of the Social Science Research Commons in Woodburn Hall, a centrally located space that has been recently renovated and upgraded. The Grand Hall of the SSRC features four Smart Boards, a video wall, thirty-one computer workstations, a conference table, and a small seating area. A permanent on-site staff is available to help the participants use the state of the art equipment in an efficient manner. It is located right next to the Indiana Memorial Union, Lilly Library, and Student Recreational Sports Center; the Wells Library is just a five minute walk away.


The largest and most recognizable building on campus, the Indiana Memorial Union is the heart of IU. Whatever participants may need, the IMU probably has it, and it is right across the street from the seminar’s meeting place (see below). In addition to housing the Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, its facilities include:


-Food options: Burger King, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, Freshëns, Starbucks, two additional coffee shop/bakeries, as well as a food court with even more options
-Entertainment: pool tables, bowling alley
-The Indiana University Bloomington Official Bookstore
-UPS Store, 900 Hair Design, and more

Participants will also have access to the Student Recreational Sports Center right next to the IMU. Its facilities include:

-cardio and strength-training areas
-indoor track
-basketball, racquetball, and squash courts
-an Olympic-sized pool
-yoga/pilates studio

Herman B. Wells Library
Indiana University’s Herman B Wells Library, whose collections are primarily focused on the humanities and social sciences, houses 4.6 million volumes. It also houses its own food court and coffee shop.     (Herman B. Wells Library homepage)                   (IUCAT, the Indiana University system’s catalog)


University Information Technology Services will always be available to help participants with any questions they might have. They can be reached online or on the first floor of the East Wing of the Wells Library (the Learning Commons).

For more specialized research requests, Wells Library provides the IU Scholars’ Commons, an academic service hub where our Institute participants will find the most advanced technology, resources, and expertise to help them with their Institute projects. It is located on the first floor of the West Wing of the Library.

For those participants who prefer to do their work in the evening, the Wells Library keeps late hours most of the week:
-8:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday-Thursday
-8:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday
-1:00 pm to 10:00 pm Sunday

In addition to the Wells Library, participants will have access to specialty libraries on campus, such as the Kinsey Institute library and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center library. They will also be able to request books from throughout the entire Indiana Universities network of libraries.

The Lilly Library
Indiana University’s Bloomington campus also houses the Lilly Library, whose holdings include almost 400,000 books, more than 100,000 pieces of sheet music, and more than 6.5 million manuscripts. Some highlights include a Gutenberg Bible New Testament, a Shakespeare First Folio, and a first printing of the Declaration of Independence.


For our the purposes of our seminar, the Lilly Library has extensive holdings of manuscripts, printed books, maps, and pamphlets describing travelers’ impressions of exotic lands, reporting on expeditions, and documenting the contacts between Europeans and the inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere and the Far East. The most notable of these is the Boxer Codex, a manuscript from c. 1590 that includes some of the first print descriptions of ethnic groups in the Philippines and other parts of Asia and Oceania at the time of their contact with Spanish explorers. With the help of the Lilly Library staff, we will be able to explore some of these materials together.