Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the IUP Libraries and library services. If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please visit our Feedback Page and send us your question! Also see Interlibrary Loan Frequently Asked Questions and E-Reference Frequently Asked Questions.
How do I check out a book?
To check out a book, take the book to the Circulation Desk located on the first floor of the library. You will need to present your I-Card to the Circulation staff. If you do not have an I-Card, a Library Card (available to non-IUP individuals) can be purchased at the I-Card Office in the Hadley Union Building (HUB). The cost for a library card is $5.
For how long can I check out a book?
Undergraduates and residents of Indiana can check out a book for 30 days, with two renewals. Graduate students, can borrow a book for 90 days, with two renewals. Faculty, staff, and administrators can borrow a book for 90 days, with three renewals.
I’m a student at the Dixon Center or IUP Pittsburgh East. How can I borrow a book?
You can request a book through the PALCI or ILLIAD interlibrary loan systems. There is no cost to the student for using interlibrary loan services.
The Library doesn’t have an article or book that I need for my studies. How can I get that item?
If we don't have the book or article you need, you can make a request via one of our Interlibrary Loan services. If you are looking for a book, please use the PALCI E-ZBorrow service to make the request. If it’s an article you need (or a book that can’t be found in PALCI), please visit the ILLIAD page to submit your request.
For how long can I borrow a book using interlibrary loan?
If the book was requested via PALCI, you may keep it for 60 days, with no renewals. If the book was requested via ILLIAD, the borrowing period will vary according to the lending institution’s requirements, but it is typically two to three weeks.
Can I check out reference books or journals/serials?
Only graduate students and faculty can check out reference materials or journals/serials.
I have a suggestion or comment about the Library. How can I send it to you?
We welcome feedback to help us improve our services and collections! You can use our Electronic Suggestion Box to send us your comments or suggestions.
Where is _______?
If you're looking for a book on the shelves, or trying to find a particular classroom or service desk, check out the Library Map to find your way.
As part of IUP’s work to limit the spread of COVID-19, all physical facilities of the IUP Libraries are closed at this time. Information about virtual library services and student access to computers is available at IUP Libraries During Coronavirus.
Exceptions to normal hours