Autumn in Bloomington


Classes are in full swing and Fall is finally here. Bloomington is one of the most beautiful cities in Indiana, and even though you are in the midst of classes, studying, and extra curriculars, there are still a lot of things to fill in your free time. If you are forced to study, you will find some useful spaces and events happening right here in the IU Libraries. Consider some of these activities in and around Monroe County to enjoy Fall in Indiana…. After all, Winter is right around the corner!

Free Time:

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures
– One of the hidden gems on the IU campus is the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, at 416 North Indiana Avenue. Featuring a number of interesting exhibits, visiting the museum is a great way to blow off steam and take a break from studying. Most importantly, it’s on campus! Stop by to see the current exhibits and to take a tour.

Bloomington Farmer’s Market
– It’s finally harvest season and that means it is busy at Bloomington’s weekly farmer’s market. The Market is held every Saturday through November, from 8am to 1pm outside of Bloomington City Hall/the Showers Building at 401 N. Morton Street. Come enjoy fresh produce, meat, eggs, and flowers from local farmers, as well as breakfast served by some of Bloomington’s best restaurants. It’s a great way to spend a chilly Fall morning.

McCormick’s Creek State Park
– Do long nights at the library have you longing for nature? No problem! Check out McCormick’s Creek State Park in nearby Spencer, Indiana for serene hiking and walking trails. A trip to the park will quickly cure your studying-induced anxiety and give you a chance to watch the leaves change color!

Monroe County History Center
– Are you from Indiana and want to learn more about the history of Bloomington? Are you not a native Hoosier, and want to learn more about Indiana culture? Consider a visit to the Monroe County History Center, located at 6th and Washington near downtown Bloomington. Not a far journey from campus, the History Center offers an interesting look into Bloomington’s past.

Oliver Winery: Fall Music Saturdays
– Nearby Oliver Winery features a series of events throughout the Fall, including Fall Music Saturdays throughout the season. Relax during the weekend with a trip to the beautiful winery and enjoy some wonderful local bands.

Study Time:

Libraries Workshops
– The IU Libraries offer a series of workshops throughout the academic year, and Fall is a great time to participate. These workshops are useful for undergraduates and graduate students alike, and will help you become a more efficient and effective student.

Information Commons
– Maybe the most popular spot in the IU libraries is the Information Commons on the first floor of the West Tower. Most IU students have been here before, but consider getting some homework done here. It’s alright if you put it off to the last minute: it’s open 24 hours!

Digital Libraries Brown Bags
– Want to learn more about the digital capabilities and advantages of attending IU? Check out the “brown bag” information sessions hosted by the Digital Libraries program in Wells Library. Bring your lunch and learn more about the opportunities and resources that surround you!