Ball State University is a comprehensive regional university with more than 20,500 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled on and off campus. It is ranked as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive institution. The University's 1,035-acre residential campus is located about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis in Muncie, whose population is approximately 70,100.

Ball State’s University Libraries include Bracken Library, in the heart of the campus, and two branches that specialize in architecture and science-health science. Over one million titles, including DVDs, CDs, software, microforms, digital and analog audiovisual materials, government publications, GIS datasets and maps, music scores, archival records and manuscript collections, 250 academic databases, magazines, newspapers, and books are the core of the Libraries’ scholastic and educational empowerment information resources. In addition to our rich resources for classroom research and achievement, the Libraries provide our students access to more than 400 computers including printers, scanners, and essential software used across campus. Whether you are on- or off-campus, our collections and services are accessible 24/7 with your mobile device or remotely via the Internet.

The University Libraries employ 36 librarians, 10 information technology analysts and specialists, and 70 paraprofessional personnel in addition to graduate assistants and student assistants. Our personnel play a dynamic role in the Libraries’ success by providing access to an extensive array of relevant collections and services to advance students’ academic achievement, discovery, investigation, and exploration. Bracken Library is open 122.5 hours per week, including Sunday through Thursday until 3 a.m.