Distance Library Services

  • The IUP Libraries strives to provide excellent support for distance education and off-campus access to library resources. For your convenience, we’ve collected links to a few of the most common resources as well as instructions for searching and accessing these resources.

    IUP faculty can learn more about library resources for distance instruction by visiting the Library Instruction Services for Faculty page.

    Begin Your Search for Sources

    Use the Discovery Search to find books and articles in the IUP Libraries’ collections. This short video provides instruction on searching using Discovery Search, refining and limiting your results, and getting to the full-text.

    More About Finding Books

    For distance learners, using e-books is often the most convenient way to access books in our collection.  Use the Discovery Search to find e-books or visit the E-Book Resources page to browse our e-book collections.

    The IUP Libraries print book collection is also accessible to distance learners in several ways. Distance Learners may use any library location, request delivery of books from other locations, and apply for residential delivery. To learn more about requesting books from other locations and delivery options, visit Interlibrary Loan.

    More About Finding Articles

    Expand your search to a subject-specific article database. Use the Library Databases page to find the best databases for your research area.

    When an article’s full-text is not available online, use Interlibrary Loan to request the article or contact a librarian for help.

    Connecting From Off-Campus

    Many online resources will require a login from off-campus. Simply enter your IUP username and password when you see the IUP Hawk logo.

    You may also connect to the University’s Virtual Private Network to gain secure access to the IUP network including library resources. Follow the VPN Setup Instructions to configure the virtual private network.

    If you have questions concerning your IUP network account, consult the IT Support Center.

    More Information and Getting Help

    For more information on finding and using library materials, visit Library Help for Students. If you are a student at a regional campus, more information about the regional campus libraries is available for both IUP Punxsutawney and IUP at Northpointe.

    For assistance with your research needs, call the reference desk at 1-866-836-8815, contact IUP’s distance learning librarian, Carrie Bishop, at cbishop@iup.edu, or ask a librarian.

    For questions specific to a certain course or program, consult our Library Research Guides or email your question to the subject-specialist librarian for your department, program, or discipline.