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.  

    2019–20 Snapshot

    Main Library

    Annual Circulation 44,502
    Books and E-Books 546,945
    Children’s Collection 26,700 
    Journals and Periodicals 7,916 print / 96,713 electronic
    Audiovisual Materials 30,671

    Research and Instruction Support

    Our Reference Department provides face-to-face, chat, and email support to the IUP community, as well as a wide collection of reference works, scholarly research databases, and custom-tailored research guides to support student and faculty research and coursework.

     Information Literacy Sessions 118  sessions reaching 2,145 students
     In-Person Reference Questions 929 
    Email and Chat Reference Questions 1,048
    Reference Works 9,117
    Article Databases 273
    Research Guides 161 (with almost 34,000 page views)
    Digital Collections 4,051 total works
    1,214 dissertations
    439 master’s theses

    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 8,208
    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