Archives and Special Collections
The official repository for the records of IU South Bend as well as collections of distinct and unique materials that reflect the greater Michiana community or are of historical value. The collection is composed of:
- Physical copies of student publications;
- Physical copies of faculty authored or edited monographs (through 2014 - beginning 2015, these books are being added to the general collection)
- Physical copies of faculty articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, recordings and film
Rare books of autographed first editions, some leather-bound books, special format books, books which typify a particular type or process of bookmaking and materials which require supervision for use – located in Archives Office;
Contains non-circulating materials typically consulted for factual, background or bibliographic information. Included are encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, atlases, directories, and periodical indexes. Print reference materials are located on the first floor of the library in the Hammes Information Commons. There is also a very small reference collection at the WERC. Along with print materials, there are many reference sources available online, accessible from OneSearch, the A-Z list and IUCAT.
The Schurz Library maintains a collection of student theses. Theses are given to the library by the individual graduate programs. One copy is maintained in the Archives and is available upon request to the Campus Archivist. Circulating copies of student thesis are shelved on the fifth floor. Theses can be identified through IUCAT. Electronic copies are placed in IU ScholarWorks.
Children/Young Adult Literature
A core collection of books, including award-winning titles, for children and young adults that support the curriculum. Most of the children’s literature is located in the Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons (WERC) while young adult books are housed in the Schurz Library. Use IUCAT to find locations and call numbers.
A small collection of materials requiring greater circulation restrictions than materials in the circulating collection. Accessible from the Schurz Library’s Circulation desk, general reserves typically have shortened loan period and high demand. Placement is determined by the Director of Collection Services in consultation with librarians and/or faculty.
Christianson Lincoln Room
A donated collection of books, memorabilia and materials related to Abraham Lincoln is located on the third floor of the library in room 312. The collection contains a chair that Mary Todd Lincoln purchased for the State Dining Room.
Materials assigned by faculty for specific class use that require borrowing restrictions and/or limited loan periods. Items can include instructor-owned and library copies of books, photocopied articles, movies and CDs. Due to heavy use and demand, reserve materials are housed behind the libraries’ circulation/information desks and are subject to fines. Faculty may request that materials be placed on course reserve by completing the reserve form.
A collection of selected federal government documents that reflects the academic emphases of the campus as well as the needs of the congressional district. Unlike the rest of the general collection, government publications are arranged by Superintendent of Documents numbers (SuDocs), which correspond to the agency issuing the publications (e.g. Congress, HUD, etc.). Print materials, maps, and microfiche government publications are located on the ground floor of the library, and most may be checked out. Cataloged electronic government publications can be found by searching IUCAT.
A digital repository that collects and provides open access to IU faculty and student publications, conference presentations, and student master's theses. Also includes a no-cost journal hosting system of all IU South Bend student peer reviewed journals as well as two faculty peer-reviewed journals.
Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons (WERC) PK-12 collections:
A wide range of materials geared to in-service training of teachers, that includes textbooks, teacher editions, games, juvenile literature, and multimedia kits, many of which are used in local schools. This collection also includes big books, special education assistive technology, and professional development resources that contain practical activities, strategies and applications that help education students and PK-12 educators manage their classroom.