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Medical Library

Library Services

The Ruth Lilly Medical Library offers a range of collections, services and expertise to ensure IU School of Medicine’s continued success in education, research and patient care. An IU School of Medicine network ID (username and passphrase) is required to access the majority of assets within the library resources.


Librarians provide a wide variety of classes based on the needs of IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff. A library liaison can work with faculty members to develop a class tailored to a specific specialty, curriculum or research assignment.

Circulation Services

Circulation staff are available at the front desk on the first floor of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library in Indianapolis. This team answers the general phone number at 317-274-7182 and provides support to library visitors Monday through Friday 8 am until 5 pm as well as evenings and weekends during library hours. Circulation Desk Services include assistance with photocopiers, scanners and pay for print equipment; materials check-in and check-out; assistance with holds and renewals; document delivery; journal and book lookups; and reference inquiries.

Circulation Polices


Document DeliveryDocument Delivery

For users looking for full text of an article or book chapter, the Content Management and Delivery team specializes in obtaining articles, book chapters and other print materials (including print books) that fall outside of the Library’s collections or subscriptions for IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and students.

The Content Management and Delivery FAQ details the process and requirements for use of this service.

Liaison ProgramLiaison Program

A librarian is assigned to each House and College, and a liaison librarian is assigned to each IU School of Medicine department, institute, center and unit. Librarians are also actively involved in all phases of the MD curriculum and work with residents and fellows training as part of the school’s graduate medical education program.

Library users can access a Medical Librarian for assistance with questions about the library’s resources or services; literature searches or other research for grant proposals, publications, presentations, research or educational program development; author searching, citation tracking and altmetrics; NIH Public Access issues, NIH biosketches; basics of data curation, data preservation and data sharing; and help using Endnote.

Relaxation StationRelaxation Station

The librarians in the Ruth Lilly Medical Library go beyond offering educational resources to provide study break projects. Puzzles and canvases are always available on the second floor of the library in the 24/7 study space outside the small group study rooms. Students are provided acrylic paint markers and a canvas – with an image of something to be colored. Finished canvases are framed and donated to appropriate IU School of Medicine departments.

Related Resources

Research Guides

Curated information resources for medical students, clerkships, departments and other topics.
Learn More Research Guides


Classes on a range of topics, including Endnote, are available through the library.
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Ask-A-Medical Librarian

Librarians at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library are available to answer questions about the collections and other resources.
Learn More Ask-A-Medical Librarian

Library Technology

Indiana University School of Medicine has a vast array of technology resources that are specific to education, research and clinical practice, and the Library Technology Team actively pursues collaborative projects that enhance learning spaces and benefit students, staff, faculty and researchers. The Library Technology Team manages the Library’s website and works to integrate technology into the Library’s learning spaces (The Nexus) and services. The Team also explores health care applications of social media, mobile apps, 3D printing, and augmented and virtual reality.