About Our Collection

  • Our mission is to provide an advanced, current, and relevant collection to support the academics and research performed by IUP faculty and students. We strive to incorporate the latest in information technology and library best practices to provide superb information support to the entire IUP community.

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    Quick Facts
    Annual Circulation 78,575
    Print Volumes  585,650
    e-Books  106,607
    Journals and Periodicals 46,846
    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  307
    Research Guides  116
    Digital Collections 

    728 doctoral dissertations

    140 master’s theses 

    178 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 

    How We Build Our Collection

    Our collection development model employs a “bibliographer-liaison” model. Each academic department has a dedicated librarian (the bibliographer) who works directly with a specific faculty member in the department (the departmental liaison) to identify materials to purchase, and to make sure that the items being added to our collections support the academic needs of each department.

    For more information about collection development at IUP Libraries, check out the following pages: