Fall 2020 Updates
Week of 8/24/20 through 11/20/20
- Monday to Thursday: 10 am – 2:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Spaces & Technology
Seating and Capacity
At this time, the upper and lower levels of the library are closed and only the main floor will be open to patrons to allow for social distancing and to create safe study spaces. There will also be reduced seating.
Due to limited seating, we are requiring seat reservations for all patrons. Reservations may be made using the LIBCAL app or at the circulation desk.
Additional study or Zoom spaces available on campus
- Lares - Room G4 Computer Lab
- Woodland - Rooms 132A, 132B, 345, 346
- Sutherland - Rooms 213 and 311
- Large Tent near Duck Pond
Physical course reserves will not be available for checkout from the main desk in the library. Please let us know if students are having difficulty finding the material you need for your class and we will work with them to investigate all available options.
Reference and Instruction
We will provide remote synchronous and asynchronous information literacy instruction. If you would like to schedule information literacy instruction for your class, please fill out the request form https://libraries.psu.edu/about/departments/library-learning-services/library-instruction-request-form or contact the librarians at UL-ABINGTON@lists.psu.edu
The Reference Librarians will be available for reference and research consultation via phone, email, and Zoom. To schedule an appointment, email a librarian (UL-ABINGTON@lists.psu.edu) or schedule a consultation
University Libraries' Ask a Librarian service is also available at libraries.psu.edu/ask or firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to accommodate increased usage, librarians will be double- and triple-staffing the Ask a Librarian chat service during peak hours (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday).
Access to Library Materials
In order to provide for safe borrowing of materials, all materials must be requested for pick up through the “I Want It” button in the Libraries catalog. We will check out the materials for you and they can be picked up at the library circulation desk.
Students, faculty, and staff will not be able to physically browse collections at any library location. While keeping surfaces clean, closing the stacks also lets us retain access to HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).
To learn more about the robust online resources available through the libraries, see this Remote Resources page on our website.
In addition to the usual electronic resources, HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) makes approximately half of our physical collections accessible remotely. Look for this orange elephant in our online catalog.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Staff will process requests as materials become available, dependent upon other libraries’ open status worldwide. Be prepared for longer turnaround times between placing and receiving requests due to reduced staffing/hours/participation of other lending institutions. Staff also are able to scan portions of physical materials to share electronically, in accordance with copyright law. We will begin receiving requests from other Penn State campuses beginning August 24.
All book returns should be made through the book return slot outside of the library for contactless drop-off. Due to a 96 hour quarantine of all returned materials we will not accept returned books inside of the library. Please do not use the book return slot for anything other than books.
Student & Faculty Engagement
Abington College Library will continue to offer research workshops and activities via Zoom for the campus community. Please promote any relevant workshops to your students! Here is the current calendar
8/27/20 - 4:00-5:00: Digital Wellness Workshop 10/5/20 - 12:15-1:15: Navigating Fake News 10/29/20- 12:15-1:15: So You Think You Can Google? 11/12/20 - 11:00-12:00: Privacy Workshop Zoom link: https://psu.zoom.us/j/94592065666
We will be promoting our events, offering further engagement opportunities and sharing information through our social media channels. Follow us!
The following information is incorrect at this time.
Seating in the library is limited to the First level only and all seats must be reserved. Desktop computer availability has been significantly reduced to adhere to social distancing guidelines, but we do have individual seating available for personal laptop use. Please bring your own headphones. Reserve your seat in the library.
Scan, Copy and Print
One PC has an Epson 11 x 17 flatbed scanner.
There is one copier available for student use located on the Main Level. The copier only accepts LionCash and the cost is $0.10 per page.
- All computers throughout the library are networked to printers except the iMac computers on Library lower level.
Textbooks and Reserves
Textbooks that are on physical course reserve will not be available for checkout from the main desk in the library. Please contact Catherine Rohland (email@example.com) at 215-881-7431 for additional information regarding electronic reserves.
- Electronic Reserve Request Form
- We can create durable links to full-text articles available through most, but not all, of the Libraries' licensed databases. If an article is not available through the Penn State system, please submit clean, scannable copies of articles to the Library. E-reserves require 2-3 weeks for processing.
- For further information on Course Reserves, including copyright restrictions and linking reserves to Canvas, please refer to Course Reserves on the University Libraries homepage.
Equipment to Borrow
Chromebooks are available to be checked out for the semester.