Archives and Special Collections
Housed in the Schurz Library, Archives and Special Collections is the campus repository for papers, photographs, recordings, and memorabilia that document the history of IU South Bend, as well as a variety of unique and rare special collections. Included are donated collections of notable community leaders, information about the South Bend’s Civil Rights movement, and a large photograph collection. Some of the university archives are available in Indiana University’s Archives of Institutional Memory (AIM).Contact Scott Shoger, Archivist and Special Collections librarian for assistance.
Both libraries collect juvenile literature written for children and young adults to support the curriculum. Approval plans are in place to collect award-winning and special-merit books such as Caldecott and Newbery award books. Titles may be identified through IUCAT.
The Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons, located in the Education and Arts Building, houses pre-K through 12 curriculum materials for education majors and teachers in the community. Titles may be identified through IUCAT.
Print reference works, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, directories, statistical resources, handbooks and indexes, support academic programs and research. They are located on the first floor of the Schurz Library in the Hammes Information Commons, and may not be checked out. Available resources may be identified through IUCAT. Many reference titles are available online; these sources may be found on the Library’s Website.
The Schurz Library is a federal depository, with over 250,000 government documents selected to reflect the academic curriculum and the needs of the congressional district. Print and microfilm government publications are located on the ground floor. Most titles may be checked out. Selected government publications are searchable through IUCAT. For assistance, contact Linda Fisher, Director of Research/Instruction/Outreach.
Books and DVDs, along with materials owned by faculty, may be placed on reserve using this form to support specific classes. These materials have shortened loan periods set by faculty and are available from the Circulation Desk. Titles in high demand that require limited circulation periods may also be placed on General Reserve by the Director of Collection Services in consultation with librarians and/or faculty. All reserves are searchable through IUCAT.
Movies (DVD and Streaming)
Both libraries acquire movies on DVD or streaming to support the curriculum. Most movies on DVD in the Schurz are findable through IUCAT and available from the circulation desk. Popular movies have been placed in the Feature Films Room on the first floor of the Schurz library for easier browsing. DVDs in the Wiekamp ERC are shelved in multiple areas; check IUCAT and/or contact staff in the WERC for assistance. Streaming media are accessed from the Library’s website.
The Schurz Library subscribes to thousands of resources published on a continuing (serial) basis to support the curriculum, including newspapers, print periodicals, e-journals, databases, and indexes. The majority of print journals/periodicals and newspapers are located on the 2nd floor of the Schurz Library. Those on microfilm can be found in Government Publications on the lower level. Requests for new subscriptions are reviewed by the IU South Bend librarians in the spring. Serials are cataloged and can be identified using IUCAT. Periodicals and databases are also available from the Search and Find page.
IU ScholarWorks is a digital repository service provided by the IU Libraries for showcasing and preserving IU research. It includes open access faculty and student publications and conference presentations, as well as student master's theses. Using Open Journal Systems, IUScholarworks also provides access to IU South Bend student peer-reviewed publications and five scholarly journals.
Rare Books are a part of Special Collections and may include, but are not limited to: autographed first editions, books with historical value, and those with special format or binding, which require supervision for use. These books can be identified in IUCAT and require permission from Scott Shoger, Archivist and Special Collections librarian to check out.
A selective archive of Indiana University South Bend faculty-authored and -edited publications (e.g. books and book chapters, articles, conference proceedings, recordings), obtained from the annual faculty publication reception or through requested donation, is maintained in Archives and Special Collections. This collection does not circulate, but can be viewed by contacting Archivist and Special Collections librarian, Scott Shoger.
Beginning in 2015, the Schurz Library began to purchase faculty-authored/-edited books, funds permitting, and add them to the general collection, rather than Archives and Special Collections. This allows broader access to these works. Faculty whose publications are not included in the annual faculty publications list are asked to alert the Archives and Special Collections Librarian and Director of Collection Services about their newly published works.
In lieu of a physical copy, faculty are encouraged to deposit their scholarship into IU ScholarWorks, which both preserves their work and facilitates access to the wider community of researchers. To learn more about depositing scholarly research, contact Craig Finlay, Scholarly Communications Librarian.
Student master’s theses, which are provided to the library by the individual graduate programs, are available in the Schurz Library. Circulating copies are shelved on the 5th floor and permanent non-circulating copies are located in Archives. Theses can be identified through IUCAT. In addition, electronic copies are being placed in IU ScholarWorks.
Games can be checked out from both libraries. In the Schurz Library, popular board games are located in the Hammes Information Commons. Games in the WERC include both video and board games with an educational focus to support teacher education. All games are listed in IUCAT.
The Schurz Library acquires popular fiction and non-fiction as well as graphic novels. The newest titles are shelved in the Hammes Information Commons. Soon the library will be collecting zines.
Zines (pronounced zeens) are self-published, non-commercial short works. They are produced on just about anything but often cover local issues and concerns. The IU South Bend Schurz Library collects zines focused on or published in the surrounding geographic area, that cover topics relevant to the IU South Bend community. Zines may be identified through IUCAT or browsed in their current location in the Hammes Information Commons. Materials about zines and zine culture may also be purchased to support the learning and research needs of the IU South Bend community. For zines about Michiana, the library will purchase two copies if available and place one copy in Archives & Special Collections. Zines may be checked out.
If you collect or publish zines, mail art, and/or mini-comics (or if you know someone who does), the Library is always looking for donations to add to its collection. Please email Susan Thomas about donating zines.