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  Due to renovation, books from the library third floor are currently unavailable. Links for these books will not show a record. Please contact a reference librarian if you need assistance.  

Renovation FAQ

This guide is intended to answer important and frequently asked questions about library renovations and their impact.


At the end of December 2018, Facilities began renovation of the library third floor. Soon, Facilities will begin renovation on the library first and second floors. This FAQ is provided to explain the renovation and address important and frequently asked questions.


What is the purpose of this renovation project?

This renovation will add a new HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, new lighting and ceiling tiles, and a sprinkler system.

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Length of Time

How long will this renovation take?

Renovation of the third floor is currently planned for completion at the end of May. However, this timetable may change depending on renovation progress and needs.

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Next Steps

What will happen after third floor renovation is completed?

Facilities will reopen the third floor, and renovation will move on to the first and second floor. The library will remain open, but with services placed on the third floor and under reduced hours.

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Affected Collections and Services

What collections and services are affected by this renovation?
Relocated or reduced availability
  • Calumet Regional Archives
  • CURE
  • Government Documents
  • Institutional Effectiveness and Research
  • Labor Studies
Currently unavailable
  • HG-Z call number in Stacks/physical book collection
  • Student PCs
    • Available in Marram computer lab during summer
  • STC (Student Technology Consultant) support
Soon to be unavailable
  • Remaining physical library collections (A-HF call number in Stacks, Reference, Ready Reference, Bound Periodicals, Atlases, etc)
  • Study rooms
  • Quiet areas
  • Printing/Scanning (students), Photocopying (everyone)

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Available Collections and Services

What collections and services are available during this renovation?

The following collections and services will remain intact during renovation, including when the library is moved to the third floor.

  • Online services (e.g. IUCAT, online journals/ebooks, databases)
  • Reference Desk books
  • Current periodicals
  • Reserves
  • Circulation
  • Reference
  • Interlibrary Loan/System Services
  • Technical Services
  • Community patron PCs and printing*
  • Adaptive Technology Center (ATC)

*Some changes will be made to services to community patrons after the move to the third floor.

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Changes to Comm Patron Services

How will community patron services change during renovation?
These changes will go into effect when library renovation leads to closing the first and second floor, and relocating services to the third floor.


What are community patrons?

Community patrons are library users who are Indiana residents or Ivy Tech students who need to use the library's services. 

Computer access/logins

Community patrons will ask Circulation for a new login (username and password) to access library computers. Circulation will contact STC (Student Technology Consultants) to request this login, which will be sent to Circulation. Circulation will then print the login and give it to the patron for their use.

The patron must have either a valid, unexpired Indiana driver's license or an Ivy Tech card to obtain a login. Patrons will not be issued a login if they do not have one of these two forms of identification.


Community patrons will send their print jobs to a printer at the Circulation desk. Community patrons will then go to the Circulation desk to pay for and retrieve their prints.

Money cannot be taken off a print card once it has been added. The card and the funds on it will be usable again once renovation is complete.

Printing will be limited to black and white. Color printing is unavailable during renovation.


Photocopying is unavailable during renovation.

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Research/Reference Help

What if I need research/reference help during the renovation?
Reference will remain available during the summer - although on weekdays, this service will end at 5 PM.

There are a few ways to get help from reference.

  • In person at the library
  • Through reference chat
    • Chat box on this page or the library home page
    • Texting to 219-898-4457 (219-898-4HLP)
  • By phone
    • 219-980-6582
  • By E-mail

Keep in mind that there are no computers in the library available to students, faculty or staff.

If a student is in the Marram lab and needs research assistance, the reference worker can come to Marram if necessary.

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Book Access

I need a book that was previously available in the library. How can I get the book?

There are two methods for obtaining a book that was previously available.

  • "Request Delivery" in IUCAT (search with "All IUCAT" checkmarked)
  • Submit a Book Request in ILLiad

If the library can obtain the book, it will take about a week to arrive. Please plan your research needs accordingly.

More information on how to use ILLiad is available on our ILLiad Guide.

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Immediate Book Need

I need a book immediately and cannot wait a week. What can I do?

WorldCAT Local can show what libraries in the area own the book. Here are the steps to follow.

  • Search for the book
  • Click on the book's title to get its record
  • Scroll down to "Worldwide libraries that own the item" and click the link
    • If the zip code next to "Enter your location" is not correct, change it and click on the "Find libraries" button.

A list will appear showing the closest libraries that own the book. If you find a library and you want to use their book, contact that library or check their catalog to make sure it is available for use. You can see the library's contact information with their "Library info" link.

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Quiet Area

I need a quiet place to study. Where can I go?

The second floor has been temporarily divided into a quiet area, and a moderate volume area. The west side of the library is the quiet area. The middle and east side - straight ahead when getting off the elevators - are the moderate volume area.

Please be mindful of others' study needs with regard to volume on the second floor, especially during the renovation period.

Once the library is limited to third floor access, quiet areas will no longer be available in the library until renovation is completed. The new Arts & Sciences building across Broadway has study rooms available for student use.

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Other Library Housed Services

I need to use services that were housed in the library. Where do I go?

You can contact the office providing that service, or the library's Reference department by one of the methods given on this page, for further assistance.

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Question Not Here

What if I have a question that is not listed here?

Contact the library's Reference department by one of the methods given on this page and we will answer your question as soon as possible. If it is a common or high priority question, this FAQ will be updated for its inclusion.

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