Collection Development

  • IUP Libraries serves the information needs of the university community by providing excellent resources that foster scholarship, support curriculum and teaching, and further intellectual curiosity. It directly supports the university’s mission by providing the resources that engage student and faculty research.

    The Libraries’ are the intellectual center of the university and its collection reflects the unique needs of all IUP academic programs found nowhere else. The required depth and scope of information to meet the learning, teaching, and research needs of the IUP community is apparent through the wide variety of formats offered: e-books, streaming videos, peer-reviewed articles, electronic theses and dissertations, and archival materials are only a sample of what is available. Electronic resources and traditional print materials that are found in the physical spaces of the Stapleton, Stabley and Orendorff, and Punxsutawney libraries provide opportunities for student success, faculty research productivity, and lifelong learning to the campus community. The Libraries secondarily strive to provide cultural and entertainment resources through support of recreational reading and enrichment with programming and events to the extent feasible.

    In accordance with the ALA Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement, as well as the ALA Resolution on the Use of Internet Filters statement, the IUP Libraries have a duty to provide for the free exchange of ideas and recognizes its responsibility to keep in its collection materials offering fair and well-balanced viewpoints. The Libraries encourage critical thinking and the free exchange of ideas.