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Distance Education Services

  • IUP Libraries at a Distance

    The IUP Libraries strives to provide excellent support for distance education and off-campus access to library resources. Most of the time, you can simply visit the IUP Libraries website to get electronic access to our catalog and online databases, twenty-four hours a day. In addition, we offer two services—LibAnswers and LibGuides—that provide answers to common questions and guidance on doing library research.

    For your convenience, we’ve collected a few common questions about off-campus access below.

    How do I access library resources from off-campus?

    How do I search for an electronic book (e-book)?

    You can use E-Books from EBSCO (formerly NetLibrary) to find e-books.

    How do I search for an article?

    You can search for an article in one of our Article Databases.

    How do I search for a thesis or dissertation?

    You can search for theses and dissertations in ProQuest Digital Dissertations.

    How do I request a book, article, thesis, or dissertation that is not available online?

    You can request materials through our interlibrary loan services:

    • For books, use PALCI (your Patron ID is the sixteen-digit number on your I-Card)
    • For articles (or books not available via PALCI), use ILLIAD

    How do I ask a librarian for assistance?

    If your question is not answered above, and you are unable to find the resource or information you need on the IUP Libraries home page, please contact a librarian and we will be happy to help! You can contact a librarian at the Reference Desk at (724) 357-3006 (toll-free 1-866-836-8815) during the following times (all times are Eastern time):

    Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

    Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Sunday: 1:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

    You can also e-mail a librarian with your question. Either fill out and submit a question via LibAnswers, or visit the Liaison Program Page to see which librarian specializes in your department, program, or discipline, and e-mail them with your question!