Library Profile

Welcome from the Dean

January 2017

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

January 2017 marks the reopening of the library after a year-long renovation which has brought refreshed lighting, increased electrical capacity, wireless and sprinklers, energy-efficient heating and cooling, a fortified foundation and new finishings throughout the building. Stop by to visit!

The library offers excellent services and quality collections 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 (chat), phone (260-481-6505), e-mail ( and Facebook.

The library's information literacy and library instruction mission and teaching reflects the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the Association of American Colleges & Universities VALUE rubric on Information Literacy. Simply stated, mastery of information literacy competency standards means that a student will Ask the Right Questions, Find the Best Resources, Consider the Quality of the Information, Complete a Project and Credit the Sources.

The partnership of students, librarians and faculty supports Purdue University Fort Wayne students in becoming self-sufficient, life-long learners and critical thinkers.

The library supports faculty and staff, too, in staying current with research and news in their discipline or business area, academic publishing, publishing contract negotiation, open access, copyright, citation tracking and more.

The library's Web site is designed for discovery. Purdue University Fort Wayne students, faculty and staff have 24/7 access to thousands of electronic books, journals and databases, the library 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 Purdue University Fort Wayne librarians, such as the Government Gateway and Business Resource Center. 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. Indiana residents as well as Purdue University Fort Wayne students, faculty and staff are welcome to check out items from the library's circulating collection. A laptop checkout service is available for Purdue University Fort Wayne students, faculty and staff. Open-access student computers linked to the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus network and free wireless access are available to all library users.

Visit the Library Service Desk on the first floor with questions or to request materials. Library staff members are knowledgeable, collaborative, and ready to help you succeed in all your information quests and requests.

Alexis Macklin
Dean, Ph.D., Purdue University Fort Wayne Library


Helmke Library will be a recognized leader in integrating the library into the mission and life of the university.


Walter E. Helmke Library creates a virtual and physical environment that supports the IPFW community in efforts to discover and access vital information. Helmke Library provides high-quality information resources, expert information services, and innovative instruction fully integrated with the educational goals of IPFW. As members of the IPFW community, we collaborate within and outside the university to increase information literacy and student success. We value equity of access to and ethical use of information, respect for the privacy of library users, and intellectual freedom. Helmke Library is dedicated to providing stewardship of the human record by collecting, describing, and organizing information. Employing technology wisely, the library offers responsive delivery of resources, customized research consultation, and an environment that encourages independent exploration in the pursuit of academic excellence.

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The library was named in 1977 for Walter E. Helmke, prominent Fort Wayne attorney and active member of the I.U. Board of Trustees and the Indiana-Purdue Foundation. Learn more about the history of Helmke Library here.