Frequently Asked Questions about IUP Libraries

  • How do I find a book about…?

    If you are searching for a book on a particular topic, go to the Reference Desk and ask a librarian. They will be able to help you search through the library collections to find you what you need.

    How do I get journals?

    Have a librarian assist you at the Reference Desk. Once you have a call number, your journal can be found on the ground floor of the library. Ask at the serials desk for assistance if needed.

    Can I print without my I-Card?

    You will need your I-Card in order to use the printers. If you have forgotten your I-Card or are a community patron, check the vending machine near the library entrance. Vending cards are available for $5, which will have $5 to use toward copying or purchasing vending items.

    Is there a color printer in the library?

    Yes, it is located on the first floor behind the Reference desk. When printing from library computers, be sure to change the setting to color printer.

    Is there a lost and found in the library?

    The lost and found is located at the Circulation Desk. Describe to the student at the desk what you’ve lost, and they will check to see if it has been returned.

    How do I get a carrel on the second or third floor?

    Carrels are for doctoral students who have completed their 9-12 credits (degree candidacy). If you are a qualifying doctoral student, you will receive an e-mail from the library with an online form sometime before the beginning of the Fall semester. Carrels will be assigned through a lottery system. If you are awarded a carrel, you can keep it until you defend your dissertation, or until the end of the Summer session, when you will receive an e-mail that carrels are to be vacated.

    Where can I get a student worker application for the library?

    Applications are available on the second floor in the Administration Office. Hours are Monday–Friday 8:00 to 4:30.

    What is the best alternative to getting my book if the library owns it, but it is checked out or I can’t find it?

    If the book is checked out, missing, or lost; the system will allow you to order it through PALCI, which can be found on the library home page. The book will be here in three to five days.

    If you cannot find a book that you need, fill out a "Book Search Form", or ask for a supervisor to help you look. If it is not found, “Missing” will be put in the record, which will allow you to order the book through PALCI. If it is not available through PALCI, you will be prompted to pursue ordering the book through our Interlibrary Loan system. If this is your first time using Interlibrary Loan, you will be prompted to create an account first.