Fall 2020 Updates
Hello! I imagine things may change during the Fall 2020 semester, so we will keep you updated as we go through the semester. Our hours and services will be limited during this time, but we will do everything possible to accommodate your needs. Thank you for your patience as we provide continual and valued service and understand that these hours and services may change as the needs of our campus evolve. Thank you for working with us – Emma Beaver, Head Librarian.
- Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Closed weekends
After hours, The Libraries’ Ask a Librarian service, offering live chat and email support is available. During open hours, virtual reference services are available with our staff. Please email or call for more information.
Stacks will be closed for browsing during the fall semester. Materials are available using the “I Want It” feature of the library’s online catalog. Due to a mandated 96-hour quarantine of print materials, not all items may be available right away. Instead of the “I Want It” feature, you may use the HathiTrust database (don’t’ forget to Log In!). Over 48% of the Penn State University Libraries print collection is currently available digitally through this Emergency Temporary Access Service.
Note: Students, faculty, and staff will not be able to physically browse collections at any library location. Closing the stacks lets us retain access to HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). This service makes approximately half of the Penn State Libraries print collection available electronically. Because of copyright law, we must hold back the print copy to make the digital available. It’s important to retain access to the ETAS because: many students and faculty will continue their work remotely, everyone will complete the semester online after November 20, and we don’t know when we might have to pivot and close again. Materials available electronically through ETAS cannot be requested for pick up.
The easiest path to requesting library materials online is using our “I Want It” feature. Alternatively, you can email a member of the library staff or call the library directly.
When ready for pickup, items will be bagged for privacy and placed on a shelving unit in the lobby of the library. You can retrieve your items by visiting the library’s circulation desk and showing your ID, and a staff member will direct you to your items.
The library study rooms will be serving a different purpose in Fall 2020. Previously reserved only for group study, they will now be available for only up to two students at one time. These rooms will serve as a quiet space for study, participating in remote Zoom classes, and two-person collaboration while on campus. Social distancing and mask guidelines must always be followed while using the room. Students may reserve these rooms using our online reservation system.
Textbooks that are part of our Course Reserves are available for checkout from the main desk in the library. Usage of print course reserves will be very limited in the fall semester, due to a mandated 96-hour quarantine. Items will be checked out on a twenty-four-hour loan period. Please let the library staff know if you are having difficulty finding the material you need for your class and we will investigate all options for you.
The number of desktop computers in the library may be slightly reduced due to social distancing, but most of our computers will be running and readily available. We also have laptops available for check out. Unfortunately, our computer’s will not be available to the public and during the 2020 Fall semester.
The furniture in the library has been rearranged to provide socially- distant quiet study spaces for students on both the lower and upper levels. While our maximum capacity is greatly decreased at this time, there are plenty of seats available on both levels of the library.
Newspapers and Magazines
Most of our newspaper and magazine subscriptions have been suspended for the fall semester. Full text is available online through Penn State University Libraries for the following, and many more, periodicals: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, People, Sports Illustrated, and Time.
- Use NewsFinder to find online access for newspapers
- To find magazine and journals, choose the E-Journals tab in the FIND box on the Penn State University Libraries homepage.
Coal and Coke Heritage Center
The center is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Museum visits and archival research are by appointment only. Call 724-430-4160 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
As we clear the path and advocate for more Open Access and online resources during a semester of virtual classrooms, don't forget to peruse the Digital Collections catalog. You may find something that compliments your lesson plan!
In the upcoming weeks new services will be made available, and we encourage you to check our website or contact library staff for arrival dates. These services include the ability to reserve study carrels within the library, as well as virtual reference hours.
All Pennsylvania residents are eligible to apply for a Resident Borrowers card at any Penn State University Library, with proper ID (PA driver’s license or state ID) with current address. Plus, residents who register online through Penn State’s OneID account service can request items from any Penn State library, view account information, and renew materials online. While visitors will be unable to take advantage of library computers this semester, we encourage all visitors to browse our collection online! Request your books and DVDs (from any campus) online and after you’re notified, they are ready for pickup – use our new contactless pickup!
|Student Group Study Room #1||Up to 2||Dell Desk Computer
Table and Chairs
|Student Group Study Room #2||Up to 2||Dell Desk Computer
Table & Chairs
|Cultural Center||Up to 4||2 Tables & Chairs|
|Collaboration Station||Up to 3||2 TV Monitors
Apple, Dell Display Port, VGA, and
HDMI Cables for Laptop hookups
Textbooks and Reserves
|ACCOUNTING||ACCTG 211 (Ridenour)|
|AMERICAN STUDIES||AMST 307 (Daugherty)|
|ART||ART 20 (Materkowski)|
|BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION||BA 322 (Gardner)|
|BBH 143 (Lee)|
|BIOLOGY||BIOL 141 (Evans & Porter)|
|BISC 3 (Evans)|
|COMMUNICATIONS AND SCIENCES||CAS 100 & 100A (Conti)
CAS 100A (Fetter)
|CHEMISTRY||CHEM 110 (Warrier)
CHEM 112 (Palma)
|CMLIT 191N (Simon-Jones)|
|CRIMINAL JUSTICE||CRIMJ 13 (Jill Sturges)|
|ECONOMICS||ECON 102 (Comiskey)
ECON 104 (Comiskey)
|ENGLISH||ENGL 15 (Petko)
ENGL 202C (Simon-Jones)
|FINANCE||FIN 301 (Gardner)|
|HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES||HDFS 129 (Ittig)
HDFS 229 (Barry)
|HISTORY||HIST 12 (Peters)
HIST 20 (Hnatkovich)
|IB 303 (Eberle)|
|MATHEMATICS||MATH 21 (Maxwell & Walters)
MATH 22 (Walters)
MATH 110 (Maxwell)
|MANAGEMENT||MGMT 301 (Gardner)|
|MARKETING||MKTG 301W (Eberle)
MKTG 310 (Eberle)
MKTG 327 (Eberle)
|NURSING||NURS 200W (Miner & Ritenour)
NURS 225 (Shearer)
NURS 230 (Zsiros)
NURS 306 (Cernuska)
NURS 405B (Vanderhoff)
NURS 420 (Zsiros)
|PHYS 211 (Royston)|
|POLITICAL SCIENCE||PLSC 7N (Whitsel)|
|PSYCHOLOGY||PSYCH 100 (Lee)
|SOCIOLOGY||SOC 5 (Forrestel)
SOC 13 (Jill Sturges)
Equipment to Borrow
|Dell Latitude 5480 laptop||4||LIB Laptop||7 Days|
|Dell Latitude 3540 laptop||9||Fayette IT Department Laptops||7 Days|
|Dell Latitude 3540 laptop||2||Fayette IT Department Laptops||7 Days|
|Dell latitude 6530 laptop||4||Fayette IT Department Laptops||7 Days|
|FLIP F406B||9||Video Recorder||5 Days|
|SONY BLOGGIE||6||Video Recorder||5 Days|
|NIK COORLPIXL120||2||Camera||5 Days|
|CAN VIXIA HFR52||1||Video Camera||5 Days|
|CAN VIXIA HF10||1||Video Camera||5 Days|
|PRO 88W/T||2||Wireless Mic Set (2)||5 Days|
|HappyLight||4||Lucent LED white light sunshine lamp — use while studying to help when feeling sluggish.||7 days|
|3B Scientific Anatomy Models||13||Various items from a full skeleton to models of the muscles in the body. In library use only.||4 hours|
|View-Master Virtual Reality Goggles||10||7 days|