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.

2021–22 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 366,551
Reference Collection 8,987
Children's Collection 26,767
IUP Dissertations & Theses 5,911
Journals and Periodicals 6,588 print / 138,262 electronic
E-books 705,745
Audiovisual Materials 6,525

Research and Instruction Support

Our Reference and Research Services include both the Information Desk and our expert faculty librarians, who provide telephone, chat, in-person, and email research and reference support to the IUP community.

The Information Desk is the first point of support for library users, as well as anyone calling the University for information or assistance, while faculty librarians respond to all chat, email, and on-call, in-person research support questions.

IUP librarians also provide information literacy instruction to students of all levels, and custom-tailored research guides to support student and faculty research and coursework.

Information Literacy Instruction 64 sessions reaching 1,352 students
Information Desk Questions 4,342
Librarian Research Support Sessions 174
Email / Chat Reference Questions 601

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 145 record groups (3,000 linear feet)
249 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 650,000

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 7,386
Circulating Books 11,410
Scores 32,340
Sound Recordings 12,981
Specialized Collections Charles Davis Collection of Jazz and Musical Theatre

Edward R. Sims Collection of Ethnic Musical Instruments

Albert R. Casavant Research Collection