Reference Services

  • If you have a question about library collections, services, or resources, our reference librarians are here to help.  

    There are many ways to connect with a reference librarian—visit the Reference Desk on the first floor of Stapleton Library for face-to-face support, chat with us, send us a question, or just give us a call—whichever method you choose, you’ll get expert assistance from professional librarians who will assist you with questions from the simple to the complex.

    Subject Specialists are here to help

    All of our librarians are specialists in various subject areas. To find out which librarian is a specialist in your subject area, visit the Subject Specialists list where you can find contact information, send an email, or even make an appointment (when times are available) for a comprehensive consultation on your library research process. 

    Where can I get more help?

    Questions about borrowing policy, your library account, and course reserves can be directed to our Circulation Desk at 724-357-2340. If you need help with library technology, don’t hesitate to visit our Technology Services department, or drop by the IT Support Desk in the Stapleton Library Building.

    Reference Desk Information

    Phone: 724-357-3006 / 866-836-8815

    Service Hours

    Chat and email reference support is available according to the schedules below.

    Spring 2020

    DayReference Support Hours 
    Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. 
    Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
    Saturday–Sunday Closed 

    Summer 2020

    Session Reference Support Hours 
    Early Summer (May 11–May 29)Closed 
    Summer 1 (June 1–July 3) Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. 
    Summer 2 (July 6-August 6) Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.