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.

    Reference Desk Information

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

    Service Hours

    In-person, chat, and email reference support is available according to the schedules below.

    Winter Break 2020–21*
    Day Reference Support Hours 
    Thursday, December 17–Wednesday, December 23  10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
    Thursday, December 24–Thursday, December 31
    10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 
    Monday, January 4–Friday, January 8, 2021
    10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    *In-person assistance is only available on days the library is open during the winter session. Make sure to check the Exceptions to Regular Hours before you visit!