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The mission of the Indiana University School of Dentistry Library is to provide materials and services to support the teaching, research, patient care, and community outreach activities of our faculty, staff, and students. In addition, the Library provides information to Indiana University School of Dentistry alumni, dental health professionals around the world, and the citizens of Indiana.


The Dental Library, established in 1881 as a faculty library, provides resources and services to support the teaching, research, patient care and community outreach services of the faculty, staff and students of the Indiana University School of Dentistry and serves as a source of dental health information for IU School of Dentistry alumni, Indiana citizens and other dental health professionals.


The Library holds over 57,000 volumes on dentistry, as well as, the basic sciences and selected medical specialties. It has subscriptions to nearly 600 current print journal titles. Its collection of over 26,000 books and 31,000 bound journal volumes date back to the mid-1800s and are international in scope. As part of the Indiana University Library System, the IU School of Dentistry Library's collections are included in the system-wide web-accessible catalog, IUCAT. IUCAT provides access the collections of all of the IU Libraries, including the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, the Ruth Lilly Law Library and University Library, all located on the IUPUI campus.

In addition to IUCAT, the library provides access to a number of subject specific databases and full-text electronic resources, including MEDLINE and other health related databases, as well as links to full-text journal articles and texts. The Library's public access workstations provide access to library and campus-wide accessible electronic resources. Wireless as well as wired connections are available in the main floor reading rooms for laptop users. Other Library services include: special collections, database searching, interlibrary loan, reference, reserve collections, self-service photocopy, and study areas.