The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction

Location: Morrison 313
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone: (812) 855-7686 Fax: (812) 856-6063

Contact: Shawn C. Wilson, User Services Coordinator; Catherine Johnson, Curator; Liana Zhou, Head of Library


Internet address:

Hours:Monday - Friday 9:00am- 12:00 pm and 1:00pm-5:00 pm. See website for variations. (New users should make an appointment; some materials available by appointment only.)

Wheelchair Access: yes


The institute was founded by Dr. Alfred Kinsey in 1947 and is affiliated with Indiana University. The mission of the Institute is to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction.

Information about holdings

More than 100,000 volumes of monographs, journals, magazines, newsletters and numerous archival collections provide rich historical and cultural account of GLBT people in the U.S, Europe and Asia. Extensive literature on homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender documents all aspects of GLBT including behaviors, societal attitudes, the communities, organizations and publications. Singnificant archives include Alfred C. Kinsey's correspondence collection, Magnus Hirschfield Collection, Harry Kinsey's correspondence collection, Thomas Painter Collection, Glenway Wescott Collection, and Louise Lawrence Collection. The Library also has a large holding of film and videos, sound recordings, comic books, newspapers and vertical files that are related to GLBT issues and history.

Collecting interests

The Institute collects scientific and scholarly works relevant to the study of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction; it also seeks to document changing cultural mores regarding sexuality by collecting popular culture materials. Both contemporary and historical items are sought.

Use requirements

Consistent with its Articles of Incorporation, The Kinsey Institute makes its library and special collections of art and archival materials available to duly qualified students of sexuality, including university students at least 18 years of age, with demonstrable research needs related to human sexuality, gender, and reproduction.


Research space, copying, audiovisual facilities, exhibitions, reference assistance on site, telephone reference, and Internet reference (email/web).
Other services/notes:

Internet and telephone reference services are limited, as are available audiovisual facilities.

Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions

Online public access catalog (KICAT) to library's holdings. No online catalog for archival or art/photography/artifact collections. Finding aids, collection guides, and abstratcs available onsite.