Library Borrower's Cards

  • The Mastodon card serves as the official IPFW ID for IPFW students, faculty, and staff. It also serves as a library borrower's card, good at any Indiana University library. The card may be picked up at the Walb Union Campus Credentials and Transportation office, telephone 260/481-6611.
  • Indiana residents who are not part of the IPFW university community are eligible for a special library borrower's card. Applicants must present an Indiana driver's license or Indiana ID and a second ID that has a current address. Applicants ages 12 to 18 will be asked to present one ID and a completed consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

Confidentiality of Library Circulation Records

Circulation records are confidential. The library does not reveal the titles or nature of the materials checked out by any library patron. The library does not knowingly issue materials to anyone but the card owner. See the library's Privacy Policy for further information.

Circulation Periods

CategoryGraduate StudentsStudentsFacultyOther*IPFW Staff
Books and government documents 120 days 45 days 120 days 14 days 120 days
Music CDs  42 days 42 days 42 days 14 days 42 days
Videos 42 days 42 days 42 days 14 days 42 days

In general, reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, etc.) and serials (magazines, newspapers, and journals) do not circulate. A few government document CDs and microforms circulate for the 42 days period. 

*Indiana residents are limited to ten items.

Renewing Library Materials

In most cases, library materials may be renewed if no other person has placed a hold request on the items. IPFW students, faculty, and staff may renew items using IUCAT Catalog’s My Account feature. Materials may also be renewed in person at the library’s Service Desk, by mail or by e-mailing

My Account

The My Account feature of IUCAT Catalog (Indiana University's online library catalog) allows IPFW students, faculty, and staff to view a list of the items they have checked out and renew selected items. Look for the My Account link on the toolbar at the top of the IUCAT Catalog search screen. The username and password are the same as those used to access IPFW computer network accounts.

Overdue Fines Policy

Overdue Fines and Overdue Notifications Policy


Recall policy and procedure