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Welcome from Luis Gonzalez, Dean of Libraries

  • On behalf of staff, faculty, and administrators of the IUP Libraries, it is my pleasure to welcome the freshman class of 2016-17 and all our returning sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and IUP faculty to the new academic year.

    The IUP Libraries strive to fulfill their commitment to support the educational and research missions of Indiana University of Pennsylvania by maintaining and enhancing their programs and services. All throughout the IUP Libraries, students, scholars, and researchers continue to find state-of-the-art information resources, organized for personal and collective productivity, and supported by tools essential to investigation, exploration, and the creation and communication of knowledge.  

    Luis GonzalezIn our building and on our web site, students, researchers, and faculty continue to find the latest print and electronic resources, strategies for effective information-seeking and evaluation, and – just as important – skilled and professional library faculty and staff. They are ready to encourage and facilitate discovery and reflection to help and assist in the preparation, training, and education of the future leaders of the 21st century.

    The IUP Libraries continue to be the intellectual and social center of the university (we had almost 600,000 people come through our doors last year) by providing a learning environment that stimulates and nourishes discourse, discovery, the growth of ideas, and the creation of new knowledge. 

    Our resources include over 310 electronic databases and over 67,000 full-text professional journals and periodicals, which can be accessed locally at our buildings or remotely via our Web page. The Libraries also house more than 425,000 print monographs and over 180,000 electronic books available for your use. Our Interlibrary Loan department is ready to provide you with materials that may not be available in our collections (close to 13,000 lending and borrowing requests were completed last year), and the librarians at the reference desk are ready to help you with all your information queries and needs.

    Our best and most valuable resources are our staff and faculty, who stand eager and ready to help you and assist you with your academic and research needs. Please do not hesitate to call on any of our faculty librarians or our professional staff when necessary. We are committed to serving and assisting you in the timely completion of your academic work, research and project(s).

    We are more than simply a space to study or store books. New academic libraries offer an exciting array of services, resources, and facilities to meet student and faculty educational and research needs. From our Java City café, Information Commons Help Desk, reference services, computer labs, group study rooms and classrooms, to our media and equipment services, 24/5 weekday schedule, and other programs and services, we aim to support your academic endeavors. The IUP Libraries are committed to the educational success of all students and faculty at IUP.

    We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we are doing and how we can do better. Help us make the IUP Libraries your libraries, the places where you come to do your homework or research or just to enjoy some leisure time reading or relaxing. Please feel free to send your questions and comments to me directly at, or through the electronic suggestion box.

    Luis J. Gonzalez
    Dean of Libraries