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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 Purdue University Fort Wayne 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 Purdue University Fort Wayne. As members of the Purdue University Fort Wayne 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.


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.

Library Overview

Helmke Library Collection Overview (2021)

  • 389 databases
  • 186,678 print titles
  • 1,215,760 electronic titles
  • 25,850 physical media
  • 141,040 electronic media
  • 186,144 journals

Helmke Library Collection Overview (2017-2018)

  • 295 databases
  • 218,195 print titles
  • 761,303 electronic titles
  • 106,222 media
  • 121,695 journals