Dying to watch the new Iron Man 3 movie or to read Veronica Roth’s popular new series Divergent? Or maybe you’re in your pajamas, and it’s just too cold outside to leave your residence hall. Alas, these information needs can easily be satisfied at the Residential Programs and Services (RPS) Libraries!
Here are some quick facts about this unique library system:
The RPS Libraries are a system of 7 Libraries and 6 “Movies, Music, & More” (MMM).
These libraries and MMMs are located within the residence halls as a place for IU residents to study or check out movies, TV series, CD, magazines, and some locations carry fiction and nonfiction books.
During the school year, these locations are open every night from 5 p.m. to midnight (with the exception of the Apartment Housing Library in Campus View Apartments, which is open from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Borrowing materials from the libraries and MMMs is absolutely free to students living in RPS housing as long as you have your student ID.
Note: Residents’ borrowing privileges are not restricted to just your residential library. For instance, if you live in Collins, you are not restricted from only borrowing titles from Collins Library, rather you may borrow titles from any of the 13 locations (materials must be returned to their specific location, however).
Plus, RPS Libraries provide rewards for frequent renters: after 5 check outs, a patron earns a candy bar. That’s right, free books, movies, CDs, AND candy!
The RPS Libraries are separate from the IU Bloomington Libraries. However, materials located in RPS Libraries can be searched for specifically in IUCAT. You can simply change location to “RPS Libraries (Bloomington)” or select “Bloomington Residential Programs & Services Libraries” as your campus to search for titles held at any of the 13 locations. You can also search specifically for items held within in your residential library by selecting “Bloomington RPS Libraries – [location].”
If you don’t see a title you want in the RPS Libraries, you can make a suggestion that it be added to their collection; suggestions are welcome at any time and often materials in the MMMs and Libraries come from residents’ suggestions!
For a list of RPS Libraries’ location, Center Supervisors’ contact information, and further information, visit the RPS Libraries Services Page.