Purdue and IU Fort Wayne Students Now Eligible for Library Cards at Allen County Public Library

As of January 1, 2023, students who attend schools located in Allen County, including Purdue and IU Fort Wayne, can secure library cards for the Allen County Public Library system, even if the students live outside of Allen County. ACPL collections complement those at Helmke Library with more robust popular fiction and local history resources. ACPL cards will also allow students the opportunity to use digital resources such as an index to The Journal-Gazette, a full-text Consumer Reports database, digitized local collections, a database for grant and funding opportunities, and more.

ACPL services, including Maker Labs and Access Fort Wayne – which includes TV studios, radio studios and production support – also are open to students with an ACPL card, as well as the many programs and events offered by various ACPL locations.

We at Helmke Library look forward to continuing to collaborate with ACPL to best support students and our community.


2022 Day of Giving

As part of the Day of Giving, the library is offering an opportunity to have your very own piece of “Helmke History.” For a donation of $20.22, you can take home an item from our Helmke History cart – whether it’s an “historic” book from our collection or a memento of a special occasion. And the more times you give $20.22, the more items you can take!

Curious about “Electronic Mail” and how it fits into the workplace circa 1985? We’ve got a book for that! What about “Soviet Agriculture Today”? We’ve got a resource that’s perfect for you!

Are you missing the IPFW logo and want a nostalgic paperweight? We’ve got you covered!

Do you remember the Helmke renovation in 2016-2017? We do, and you can too with a commemorative hard hat!

Don’t miss this chance to grab a piece of Helmke History while helping us build Helmke’s future. Your gift will go toward updating our collections with current resources on impactful global issues, upgrading our technology for innovative research and creation far beyond email, and maintaining our building’s environment to foster study and collaboration. Information needs and resources are constantly changing, and the library continually adapts to meet these needs. We appreciate your generous donation to help us meet critical needs and facilitate the success of our students. Make your gift at: https://dayofgiving.pfw.edu/organizations/helmke-library.

Helmke Library Is Open for In-Person and Virtual Services

Starting July 1, Helmke Library resumed in-person services. While we still have our robust virtual services and digital resources, you are welcome to visit the library in person to check out materials, study, use the computer lab, and more. Our open hours are posted on our website.

Laptop checkouts will continue, but starting in the fall semester will return to a 24-hour checkout period.

While some in-person reference consultations will resume, virtual chat reference and virtual reference consultations with librarians will continue.

The Writing Center will continue with virtual consultations, and Speech and Presentation Services still offers virtual appointments.

You will notice some updates to the library, like Plexiglas at the Service Desk and hand sanitizing stations, to help keep us all as safe as possible. While in the building, we ask our patrons to help ensure the safety of our community by:

  • Wearing a mask properly in place, covering both your nose and mouth.
  • Using the cleaning supplies available at the Service Desk to clean table areas before you sit down and as you leave.
  • Keeping 6 feet of distance from other people and following one-way directional signs, including on stairways.
  • Limiting the number of people sitting at a table to 1-2.
  • Washing your hands frequently, and refraining from touching your face.

As recommended by campus guidelines, please stay home if you feel sick, have a temperature or other COVID-related symptoms, or suspect you’ve been exposed to the virus, to lessen the risk of spreading the virus. We will be happy to help accommodate your needs through our virtual services.

Helmke Library closed temporarily, but online services are still available

Helmke Library is closed for the duration of  Indiana’s Stay-At-Home Executive Order. All online services remain open.

During this time:

  • Virtual reference will be available through email and IM chat services via our Ask-A-Librarian page at https://library.pfw.edu/askalibrarian Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-10:00 p.m. Virtual reference appointments with librarians are also available.
  • Writing Center online consultations will remain available and can be scheduled at https://pfw.edu/writing
  • The library’s digital resources, accessed through library.pfw.edu, will remain available. Downloadable ebooks, full-text articles, and more online resources are available through “Search Everything,” our catalog, and our databases list. You can access materials remotely by logging in with your Purdue Fort Wayne credentials when you are prompted.
  • If you have any questions or are having trouble accessing resources, please contact us via the Ask-A-Librarian page, and your question will be directed to the correct person.
  • Our topic, research, and specialty guides can help point you to the best online resources to help you for your specific information needs.
  • Document Delivery Services are still available for journal articles and book chapters.  Requests for physical books will be investigated for possible ebook purchase.
  • Materials that are currently checked out have had their due dates extended and will not be due until July 1, 2020.
  • Laptops currently checked out will be due on May 1, 2020.  Even though Helmke Library is closed to the public, Purdue University Fort Wayne students can still borrow laptops from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Supplies are limited. Please contact us at ref@pfw.edu with your name and the time you would like to pick up the laptop. When you come to pick up the laptop, we will check the machine out to you and meet you at the front door. Please bring your Mastodon or other photo ID.

Library and Writing Center Services During COVID19

Currently the library building is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday for Spring Break and starting March 23rd will be going to reduced hours of 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday for the duration of the present situation, pending additional campus closures.  Online access to collections will remain available 24/7 on our website https://library.pfw.edu/ , and appointments with librarians via Skype may be scheduled for day, evening, and weekend hours at https://library.pfw.edu/askalibrarian#. The Writing Center’s online consultation service will remain available via their website at https://www.pfw.edu/offices/learning-support/writing-center/consultations

Should the campus close entirely, the library and the Writing Center will maintain virtual services.

Please monitor https://helmkehighlights.wordpress.com/ for updates as the situation develops.

Overview of Library Services:


Laptop Checkout

The library has laptops available for student checkout at the first floor service desk.  We have extended the loan period to one week, with an option to renew online once per check-out.  If the demand for these exceeds supply we may adjust the policies accordingly.

Student Lab Spaces

The IT computer labs on the first and second floor of the building are open.  We have removed every other seat to encourage a 6-foot space between students and are requesting that any users wipe the equipment down before and after use with provided sanitation wipes.

Study Spaces

Group Study Rooms

Until in-person classes resume, all group study rooms have been switched over to individual study.  They are available for booking via the regular website at https://schedule.library.pfw.edu/reserve/groupstudy

Open Study Areas

Study tables are available.  Seating has been limited to try and maintain social distancing as recommended by the CDC. We request that users wipe the seating down before and after use with provided sanitation wipes and limit to two persons per table.

Getting Help:

Librarian Services

Writing Center

  • Online Consultation Service (asynchronous): https://www.pfw.edu/offices/learning-support/writing-center/consultations
  • IM Chat services: chat box at the bottom of any page on the Writing Center website: pfw.edu/writing
  • Speech and Presentation Service: all appointments switched to Skype appointments. Schedule through TutorTrac. More information will be posted on our website: pfw.edu/writing
  • Additional synchronous methods of consultations are in development.

Services for Faculty

Course Reserves

Faculty with print materials they would like to put online are encouraged to use our Course Reserves service.  Library staff will digitize the print materials and upload them to the reserve system which interfaces with Blackboard.  All requests must comply with fair use copyright law.  See https://library.pfw.edu/coursereserves

Library Instructional Support

The library has online modules available for use in your BlackBoard courses covering a variety of topics including citation formats, doing research, determining credible sources, and many more!  These modules have optional quizzes that can be linked to gradebooks.  See https://library.pfw.edu/infolit for more information.

If your course requires a more specialized library tutorial, please contact your liaison librarian who would be happy to record a short video for your class, or to create a customized course guide.


Helmke Library is remaining open during the global outbreak of COVID-19, but we are asking our patrons to take some preventive actions to ensure the safety of our community:

  • Cleaning supplies are available at the Service Desk so that you can clean the area before you sit down and as you leave.
  • Keep 6 feet of distance from other people in building.
  • Limit the number of people sitting at a table to 1-2.
  • Wash your hands frequently, and refrain from touching your face.

We hope you can help us with these preventive measures to keep our community healthy.  Thank you.

You are invited to a digital humanities and scholarship event at Helmke Library on October 5

The day will include brief presentations, panel discussions, and workshops covering topics including: metadata, social networking, data visualization, digital collections, digital project management, animation, incorporating digital projects in classes and challenges of assessing digital scholarship. A presentation of note is on the Saint Giorgio’s Castle project. Associate Professor Andres Montenegro and Professor Audrey Ushenko are recreating Saint Giorgio’s Castle frescos in the lower level of Helmke and adding “trigger spots” that interact with mixed reality devices to show augmentation.

The event is FREE and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is online at: http://midwest2018.thatcamp.org/register/

Questions? Contact Erika Mann at manne@pfw.edu.


Join Us for an Open House

Open House invitation blog

Monday, August 13: 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m., 11:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m.

Tuesday, August 14: 8:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m.

Wednesday, August 15: 8:00a.m, noon

Thursday, August 16: 8:00a.m, noon, 2:00p.m.

Friday, August 17: 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m., 11:00a.m., noon


Monday, August 20: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Tuesday, August 21: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Wednesday, August 22: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Thursday, August 23: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.


For more information, visit our website at library.pfw.edu.

Library Catalog Transition

Helmke Library is moving closer to the launch of our new library catalog and search system! Here are a few things to know:

  • IUCAT and Express Search will be available until the end of Summer I (June 23). Our new, enhanced Library Search will be the best way to access our collections starting in Summer II.
  • During the transition of our systems, access to individual library account information will not be available online. Beginning Thursday, May 24, please call the Helmke Library Service Desk at 260-481-6505 or email ref@pfw.edu with any questions about your loans, due dates, or fines.

As always, your Helmke Library librarians and staff are ready to help you access information and resources throughout the summer! Contact us online, be in touch with your librarian, or visit us in person Monday-Thursday from 8 AM until 7 PM or Fridays from 8 AM until 5 PM.

Library Changes Affecting Summer Courses: What to Know

As Helmke Library transitions to Purdue, we are making every effort to minimize changes while summer classes are in session. If you are planning to teach a summer course that incorporates library resources, here are a few things you should know:


  • Express Search and the IUCAT catalog will remain available throughout Summer I, but will be retired from the library’s website before Summer II begins.
  • For Summer II, our new catalog and Library Search will fully replace the functionality of Express Search and IUCAT.
  • The Database A-Z list will remain the same, and our Library Search will also feature a new A-Z journal list.

Library Guides:

  • The URL for all Subject and Course guides will change to the “PFW” domain on May 7, before Summer I begins. This means that any link to guides.library.ipfw.edu will become guides.library.pfw.edu. Please update any guide links in your syllabi or Blackboard courses. Old links will be redirected to the new system, but updating your content will provide our students with a smoother transition. This change will not affect the library’s homepage.
  • If you use a subject or course guide for your summer classes, please contact your librarian. We will be updating guides throughout the summer, and we will prioritize guides in active use by summer courses.

Course Reserves:

  • Course reserves may be requested through the usual link for both Summer I and Summer II. Reserves will be listed in IUCAT for Summer I and in our new Library Search for Summer II.

If you have questions about these changes or how this will affect your courses, please contact your librarian, ref@pfw.edu, or Alexis Macklin, Dean of Helmke Library.