Dixon Center Cohorts

  • Portia Diaz
    Distance Education Services Coordinator

    IUP will provide IUP-owned materials, books, and articles, to the Dixon Center cohorts. These will be mailed directly to the student’s home. The students will be responsible for the timely return of IUP books to the IUP Libraries via UPS.

    For articles only, if IUP does not own the publication, the students may submit an ILLIAD request for such materials. Whenever possible, this material will be provided to the student electronically. (Note: Also use ILLIAD to order books from IUP that are available at Stapelton. You will need to indicate in the comment box that you are an ALS Harrisburg student, that the book is listed as available at Stapleton, and request that it be sent to Dixon).

    The IUP Ph.D. program at the Dixon University Center is now a drop-off site for books ordered through the PALCI system. If you have any questions, please contact Sheri Askew-Fowler at Sheri.Askew-Fowler@iup.edu.

    For questions regarding this policy and any other Interlibrary Loan/Circulation questions, please contact Assistant Dean Katherine Terpis at kjenkins@iup.edu or at 724-357-2115.

    Step 1: Setup Your Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    Follow the VPN Documentation provided by IT Support Services to set up virtual private networking on your computer. If you cannot use the VPN, go to Step 1A.

    Step 1A: How to access IUP Libraries Resources Off Campus

    Off-campus users must enter their sixteen-digit I-Card number to gain access to these databases, unless you have your Virtual Private Network (VPN) turned on.

    Step 2: Setup Interlibrary Loan Account through ILLIAD

    ILLIAD is one of the online Interlibrary Loan services offered by the IUP Libraries. Visit the ILLIAD website to set up your account.

    Step 3: You are ready to start using IUP Libraries Resources

    IUP Libraries

    The primary resource for distance education users is the IUP Libraries webpage. The webpage provides links to all of the IUP Libraries’ books, videos, media materials, and electronic resources. This is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Online Catalog

    Our Online Catalog lists all book and media material owned by the IUP Libraries. The catalog also includes listings for serial titles (print and electronic) available in the Libraries.


    The Online Databases button of the Library webpage provides access to over 200 bibliographic and full-text databases. Users will find citations to books and periodical articles, abstracts of articles, and (in many cases) full-text articles on a wide range of subjects.

    Reference Services

    IUP librarians are available for consultation about any information need. For distance education users, there are two ways to contact the Reference faculty:

    • Electronic Reference
      Distance Education users may receive assistance through the Ask a Librarian service link on the webpage. All questions will receive a response within twenty-four hours.
    • Telephone Reference
      The IUP Libraries provide a toll-free telephone number to talk directly with a reference librarian. The number is 866-836-8815. Reference service is provided during regular hours. Consult Reference Library Hours for current times.