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About Our Collection

Our mission is to provide an advanced, current, and relevant collection to support the academics and research performed by IUP faculty and students. We strive to incorporate the latest in information technology and library best practices to provide superb information support to the entire IUP community.

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Quick Facts
Annual Circulation 78,575
Print Volumes  585,650
e-Books  106,607
Journals and Periodicals 46,846
Audiovisual Materials  14,972 

Research Support

Our Reference Department provides an extensive collection of reference works, scholarly research databases, and custom-tailored research guides to support student and faculty research and coursework.

Reference Works  31,376
Article Databases  307
Research Guides  116
Digital Collections 

728 doctoral dissertations

140 master’s theses 

178 airship patents

35 faculty presentation videos

Special Collections and University Archives

The IUP Libraries Special Collections and University Archives houses a broad array of IUP historic documents, manuscripts, rare books, and a vast collection of images. A special focus on Pennsylvania history, and an excellent collection of rare, first-edition works make our Special Collections a unique and powerful research resource.

 Archival Collections

86 record groups (1,753 linear feet)

169 manuscript groups (5,723 linear feet) 

Pennsylvania Collection and Rare Books

30,000 volumes, including first edition works by Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells

Photographs and Images  587,500 
Electronic Records  4,500 

Orendorff Music Library

The Orendorff Music Library, located in Cogswell Hall, is where you’ll find our excellent music collections. Thousands of scores, recordings, and circulating works are complemented by unique specialized research collections.

Monuments and Collected Editions  7,000 
Reference Works  3,000 
Circulating Books  7,000 
Scores  15,000 
Sound Recordings  10,000 LP, 2,500 CD 
Specialized Collections

Charles Davis Collection of Jazz and Musical Theatre

Edward R. Sims Collection of Ethnic Musical Instruments

Albert R. Casavant Research Collection 

How We Build Our Collection

Our collection development model employs a “bibliographer-liaison” model. Each academic department has a dedicated librarian (the bibliographer) who works directly with a specific faculty member in the department (the departmental liaison) to identify materials to purchase, and to make sure that the items being added to our collections support the academic needs of each department.

For more information about collection development at IUP Libraries, check out the following pages: 

  • IUP Libraries
  • Stapleton Library, Room 203
    431 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2340
  • Fax: 724-357-4891

Stapleton Library Hours

Sunday: Open at 11:00 a.m.
Monday–Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Midnight to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Exceptions to Regular Library Hours