Facts and Figures about the IUP Libraries

  • Libraries generate a considerable amount of data about their operations, such as the number of daily visitors, how many times a database was used, how many questions were asked at the reference desk, how many classes we teach, and so on. This information is valuable to the library to help us evaluate the use of our services, the reach of our resources, and the accessibility of our collections.

    A snapshot of our services, collections, and operations are shown below:

    Quick Facts
    Annual Circulation 78,575
    Print Volumes 486,000
    e-Books 250,000
    Journals and Periodicals 63,000
    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 302
    Research Guides 116
    Digital Collections 1,137 doctoral dissertations

    402 master’s theses

    177 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