Welcome from the Dean


Welcome to IPFW and the Walter E. Helmke Library, the only public university library in northeast Indiana. The library's services and facilities are available to IPFW students, faculty and staff and to residents of Indiana and visitors. Our goal is to provide a virtual and physical environment that fully supports the educational goals of IPFW.

Our physical environment is undergoing a transformation! Following a listening and planning year in 2014, the library renovation will be underway in 2015-2016. The renovation will bring refreshed lighting, wireless and sprinklers, energy-efficient heating and cooling, a fortified foundation and new finishings throughout the building. Stay current with our renovation updates.

Following construction in Summer 2014, the new Honors Program Center has joined the Learning Commons on the Library's 2nd floor.

The library offers excellent services, quality collections, and inviting facilities for study, research, and collaboration. Subject librarians provide research consulting on a walk-in basis and by appointment; information services are also available by IM, phone (260-481-6505), e-mail (ref@ipfw.edu) and Facebook.

The library's mission of information literacy is based on the Association of College & Research Libraries competency standards. Simply stated, mastery of the competency standards will allow a student to Ask the Right Questions, Find the Best Resources, Consider the Quality of the Information, Complete a Project and Credit the Sources. The Library's partnership with the Writing Center on the Library's first floor means that students have support from research to writing in one location.

The partnership shared by librarians, students and faculty is designed to support IPFW students in becoming self-sufficient, life-long learners. This information literacy initiative, in partnership with colleagues in the Center for Academic Support and Advancement, supports student academic achievement and success within the Framework for the IPFW Baccalaureate Degree.

The library's Web site is an environment designed for discovery. IPFW students, faculty and staff have 24/7 access to thousands of electronic books, journals and databases, the IU and WorldCat catalogs, and a responsive and efficient document delivery service. Our online course-related and subject-oriented Topic Guides as well as specialized information centers are populated with resources selected and reviewed for authenticity and reliability by IPFW librarians, such as the Government Gateway and Business Resource Center. Our mDON: mastodon Digital Object Network is a growing digital library of IPFW and local community resources, and Opus: Research & Creativity at IPFW repository digitally stores faculty, staff and student publications and accomplishments and makes them visible to the world.

The library building houses a print collection of nearly 1,000,000 items and quiet spaces for reading and study. Indiana residents as well as IPFW students, faculty and staff are welcome to checkout items from the library's circulating collection. The Learning Commons on the second floor houses flexible group study areas and a laptop and iPad checkout service for IPFW students, faculty and staff. The Library also houses open-access student computers all linked to the IPFW campus network. Free wireless access is available to all library users.

We encourage you to visit the library, explore new ideas, ask questions, and study. Library staff members are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to help you succeed in all your information quests and requests.

Cheryl Truesdell
Dean, IPFW Walter E. Helmke Library