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IUP Policy on Providing Materials to the 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

For questions regarding this policy and any other Interlibrary Loan/Circulation questions, please contact Blaine Knupp at or at 724-357-2340.

Step 1: Setup Your Virtual Private Network (VPN)

VPN Documentation

If you do not have 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


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

The Online Catalog, PILOT, lists all book and media material owned by the IUP Libraries. The catalog also includes listings for serial titles 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.
  • 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