It serves as a resource center that houses the world's largest collection specifically devoted to the commons, common pool resources, and common property. A unique aspect of its interdisciplinary collection is that it brings together a large body of the world’s grey literature on the commons, as well as published books and serials.
The Ostrom Workshop Library is one of the premier resources for study on the commons, institutions, governance, and collective action.
The library collections are unique in their scope, containing books, journals, articles, papers, and reports supporting or resulting from the many Workshop research projects and theoretical interests. The library contains 9,000 books and reports and 75,000 articles, preprints, and working papers.
The library's unique catalog contains 93,500 records with detailed information on the library materials, and also serves as a virtual library of relevant materials in other IU libraries and throughout the world. The library hosts the Digital Library of the Commons (DLC) and are a gateway to a dynamic and comprehensive collection of commons and governance literature in many formats and languages. We serve the Ostrom Workshop community as the center of information where traditional and emerging information services converge.
The library is available for use by Workshop affiliated faculty, students, and international visiting scholars. However, in consideration of those with a need to use the collection, the Ostrom Workshop Library is available to non-affiliated students and others as a place for general study.Contact the Workshop Librarian Emily Castle