Welcome from Luis Gonzalez, Dean of Libraries

  • Welcome Message from Luis J. Gonzalez, Dean of Libraries

    The staff, faculty, and administrators of the IUP Libraries would like to welcome all returning undergraduate and graduate students, the new class of 2021, the international students, and new graduate students to the new 2017–18 academic year.

    We stand ready to help and assist you on your academic careers through our collections, services, and knowledge. We are committed to offering the whole IUP community the latest, top-of-the-line information resources and services that will enhance and support the institution’s teaching and research mission.

    The Libraries are the intellectual and social center of the university. Last year, we had an average of 3,300 visits per day during the fall and spring semesters, and more than 13,000 students took advantage of our 24/5 schedule in which we provide a learning environment that stimulates and encourages discourse, discovery, the growth of ideas, and the creation of new knowledge.

    Our electronic resources include more than 250,000 electronic books and over 350 full-text electronic databases. In addition, the Libraries provide local and remote access to more than 63,000 full-text professional journals and periodicals via our website.

    Luis Gonzalez

    Currently, the Libraries house 486,000 print books. More than 40 percent of these books have not been used in 20 years or more; therefore, we are in the middle of a massive project to remove many unused titles to create more quiet study space on the second and third floors of the Stapleton building. All the books being earmarked for removal are available through our Interlibrary Loan services, so there will be no loss of content while creating additional study space that students are demanding.

    Last year, our Interlibrary Loan Department completed more than 13,000 lending and borrowing request transactions. The librarians at the Research/Reference Desk, located on the first floor of the Stapleton building, stand ready to assist and help students and researchers with all your information queries and needs.

    The IUP Libraries strive every year to fulfill our commitment to support the educational and research missions of IUP by maintaining and enhancing their programs and services. All throughout the Libraries, students, scholars, and researchers continue to find state-of-the-art information resources, organized for personal and collective productivity, and supported by tools essential to investigation, exploration, and the creation, and communication of knowledge. In our building and through our website, students, researchers, and faculty continue to find the latest print and electronic resources, strategies for effective information-seeking and evaluation, and—just as important—skilled and professional library faculty and staff who are ready to encourage and facilitate discovery and reflection to help and assist in the preparation, training, and education of the future leaders of the 21st century.

    We are more than simply a space to study or store books. Academic libraries offer an exciting array of services, resources, and facilities to meet student and faculty educational and research needs. Our Java City café, Information Commons Help Desk, research/reference services, computer labs, group study rooms, classrooms, media and equipment services, 24/5 weekday schedule, and all other programs and services are aimed at supporting and enhancing the institution’s mission. The IUP Libraries’ first priority continues to be its commitment to the academic and research success of all students and faculty at IUP.

    We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we are doing and how we can better serve our community. Help us make the IUP Libraries your library, the place where you come to do your homework, research, or just to enjoy some leisure time reading or relaxing. Please feel free to send your questions and comments to ljgonzal@iup.edu, or use our electronic suggestion box located on the Libraries home page.

    Welcome to IUP and the IUP Libraries–wishing all a very successful year!

    Luis J. Gonzalez, Dean of Libraries