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Distance Education Services

IUP Libraries at a Distance

Portia Diaz
Distance Education Services Coordinator 

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!

  • IUP Libraries
  • Stapleton Library, Room 203
    431 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2340
  • Fax: 724-357-4891

Stapleton Library Hours

Sunday: Open at 11:00 a.m.
Monday–Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Midnight to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Exceptions to Regular Library Hours