Facts and Figures about the IUP Libraries

The library's collections and services serve the IUP community, helping staff, faculty, and students achieve success. The information below is a quick snapshot of our collections, instruction, and reference services.

2020-21 Snapshot

Main Library

The Stapleton-Stabley Main Library holds our circulating book collection, audiovisual materials, print journal collections, reference collections, children's collection, and the university archives. Our electronic collections, including e-books and electronic journals, are available to students, faculty, and staff of IUP from anywhere in the world. 

Circulating Books 396,367
Reference Collection 24,155
Children's Collection 32,797
IUP Dissertations & Theses 5,972
Journals and Periodicals 10,216 print / 175,044 electronic
E-books 901,733
Audiovisual Materials 125,000

Research and Instruction Support

Our Reference Department provides in-person*, chat, and email support to the IUP community, information literacy instruction to students of all levels, and custom-tailored research guides to support student and faculty research and coursework.

Information Literacy Instruction 100 sessions reaching 1,772 students
In-Person Reference Questions 399
Email / Chat Reference Questions 1,423
Research Guides 119 / 67,284 Page Views

* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 period saw reduced in-person services and instruction.

Special Collections and University Archives

The IUP Libraries Special Collections and University Archives houses IUP historic documents, manuscripts, rare books, and a vast collection of images. Our 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 105 record groups (2,100 linear feet)
251 manuscript groups (7,235 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 superb music collections. Thousands of scores, recordings, and circulating works are complemented by unique specialized research collections.

Monuments and Collected Editions 11,433
Reference Works 2,823
Circulating Books 30,940
Scores 18,259
Sound Recordings 12,173
Specialized Collections Charles Davis Collection of Jazz and Musical Theatre

Edward R. Sims Collection of Ethnic Musical Instruments

Albert R. Casavant Research Collection