IUP Libraries Coronavirus Response

  • Updated Thursday, May 6, 2021

    The IUP Libraries is committed to continuing to provide a range of services and collections to support the teaching, learning, and research mission of university students and employees while protecting the health and safety of the IUP community.

    Several changes and modifications to library operations and policies have been made, based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health, that are designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. These changes include:

    • In-person use of library facilities and collections is restricted to IUP students, faculty, and staff, with priority given to student’s quiet study and coursework.
    • In order to follow social distancing guidelines, seating is limited. We ask that users be cognizant of the needs of IUP students, and limit time in the library to what is absolutely necessary.
    • IUP requirements for face coverings will be enforced in all library buildings and spaces.
    • Spaces are arranged for the recommended six-foot social distancing, and excess chairs have been removed. Library users should not move chairs or tables.
    • In order to accommodate student work, computers are not currently available for community users.
    • Following guidelines about gatherings in enclosed spaces, group study rooms, individual study carrels, meeting rooms, and the one button studio are not available at this time.
    • A voluntary temperature check station is available in the main lobby of Stapleton Library.

    Stapleton/Stabley Library Complex

    Hours of Operation (beginning May 10)

    • Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday–Sunday: Closed

    In-person and Virtual Services

    Chat reference with faculty librarians will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during all summer sessions. You can also access circulation, print reserves (including textbook checkout), and media services on the first floor of Stapleton Library during business hours.

    Our virtual collections include desktop access to thousands of e-books, hundreds of database resources, and millions of individual journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Research support and library instruction are also available remotely through chat, email, D2L, and Zoom technologies. Please visit the IUP Libraries home page and click on the red Ask a Librarian button for assistance.

    A full range of interlibrary loan services are available to IUP students, faculty, and staff. Users can request books and articles through ILLiad, but fulfillment is limited to other libraries’ ability to lend materials. Physical books can be checked out at the circulation desk in Stapleton Library and articles will be delivered via electronic document delivery as outlined on the ILLiad web page. Users must register for this service following the First Time Users link on that page. Questions concerning interlibrary service should be directed to ill-iup@iup.edu.

    Use of Print Collection

    All items remain available for use, and library staff are on hand to retrieve requested items. Library users can request items at the circulation and serials service desks, and staff will get the requested items for use or check-out.

    Print reserves, including textbooks, will continue to be available at the circulation desk.

    Book stacks, journal holdings, and current newspapers and magazines are not open to browsing at this time. Additionally, the third floor of Stapleton Library is closed in order to protect library users and employees.

    Library users can use the new Get It Request feature in our Library Search to have books held for pickup at the Stapleton Library Circulation Desk. Additionally, students who qualify for Residential Delivery can use the Get It Request to request books to be delivered to their home. 

    Special Collections and University Archives

    Special Collections and University Archives are available by advance appointment; only two people can be in this area at the same time. Research visits may be scheduled with Harrison Wick at hwick@iup.edu.

    Orendorff Music Library, Cogswell Hall

    Hours of Operation (beginning May 10)

    • Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    • Friday–Sunday: Closed

    Seating capacity is limited to 29. The music library collections are not open for browsing, but all items are available for check-out by request. Please visit the music library circulation desk to request an item or email Laura Krulikowski at laurak@iup.edu.

    Other Services and Operations

    Java City is closed, but the Stapleton and Stabley libraries continue a relaxed policy allowing food and drink. Please adhere to face covering policies required by the university.

    Classes meeting in the ALEKS Lab, Stabley 101, Stabley 201, and Stabley 210 should enter through the main entrance of Stapleton Library.

    A prayer room remains available in Room G13 on the ground floor of Stapleton Library.

    Other IUP Offices Operating in Stabley Library

    Please check the websites of these offices for specific hours and guidelines.