Study at the Lehigh Valley Library

Fall 2020 Updates

Hours

Check our website for current Fall 2020 Library Hours. These hours will run through Friday, November 20 and are subject to change. Hours after November 20 will be posted when available.

Spaces & Technology

Like the rest of campus, the library has been reconfigured with social distancing and safety in mind. The east wing will remain a silent zone for those who would like to concentrate in a quiet environment. The west wing is also available for studying or even participating in Zoom classes (with noise level management guidelines in effect). Please note that other spaces on campus are also available to participate in Zoom classes.

A limited number of desktop computers and laptops are also available in the library. Please bring your own headphones.  All library users must practice social distancing and wear masks at all times. Please note that other desktop computers are also available in campus computer labs.

Due to the nature of COVID-19's transmission and consistent with policies for instructional spaces, eating will be prohibited in the library until further notice. Drinking should be limited to quick drinks and straws are highly encouraged to prevent the need to de-mask.

Course Reserves

Our course reserves service provides students with access through the library to many textbooks, articles, films, and more that are assigned in classes.

General Information for Students

Our physical course reserves items are available to borrow for short periods of time. These items are located in the library; ask at the help desk near the library entrance.

Our electronic course reserves (also called e-reserves) include electronic journal articles, e-books, scanned selections from books, and more. These are available through the Libraries’ e-reserves system and also through your courses in Canvas. Need help locating reserves items for your classes? Contact us at ul-lehigh-val@lists.psu.edu or 610-285-5027.

General Information for Instructors

Making course materials available through the library’s course reserves service helps reduce students’ financial burdens and barriers. Instructors may put material on reserve, both physically in the library and electronically through through the Libraries’ e-reserves system. Course reserves items can include library-owned and library-licensed materials, as well as personal copies. For more information about course reserves at Penn State Lehigh Valley, please contact us at UL-LEHIGH-VAL@LISTS.PSU.EDU or 610-285-5027. The course reserves section on the University Libraries homepage also provides useful information, including copyright restrictions and linking reserves to Canvas.

Course Reserves

For Fall 2020 Semester due to COVID-19 Changes:

Textbooks that are part of our physical course reserves service are available for checkout from the main desk in the library. Physical course reserves will be very limited in the fall semester due to a mandated 96-hour quarantine for all items once returned. Articles, e-books, and scanned selections from books may also be available through the Libraries’ e-reserves system and through your courses in Canvas. Having difficulty finding the material you need for your class? Contact us at UL-LEHIGH-VAL@LISTS.PSU.EDU or 610-285-5027.

Reference and Instruction

Get help

We’re here to help you navigate library services and resources and discover what you need--please email or call us, or fill out our help request form! The Libraries’ Ask a Librarian service, offering live chat and email support, is also available.

Instructors - Support for courses

Information literacy instruction and research consultations can help support your students’ learning and success with research-based assignments in your courses. Whether students are new to research or already have some experience, they may benefit from working with a librarian to learn to navigate research resources, narrow a topic, search more effectively, select relevant and authoritative sources, organize the research process, or think critically about the information ecosystem. Information literacy instruction sessions can take many forms, but are always tailored to your specific research-related assignments or course needs.

In Fall 2020, we can teach online synchronous sessions or work with your courses asynchronously through video presentations, digital handouts, online research guides, Canvas modules, and more. Contact Elizabeth Nelson (610-285-5028 / ezn80@psu.edu) or Jen Jarson (610-285-5119 / jmj12@psu.edu) to discuss your courses!

Additional Information

Borrowing library materials

Materials from all library locations can be requested for pick up at Lehigh Valley. Please note that even those materials located at Lehigh Valley must be requested in advance. To request, find what you want in the University Libraries Catalog and place a hold on the item by selecting “I Want It." You’ll receive an email notification once your item is ready for pickup at the Lehigh Valley Library. Masks must be worn at all times in the library, including for pickup service. Please note that because the stacks (i.e., our bookshelves) are closed for browsing during the fall semester and due to a mandated 96-hour quarantine of physical materials, requests may take longer than usual to be fulfilled.

 

Scan and Print

A Scannx scanner with touch screen interface and ability to send files to USB, Email, Smart-Phone, or Google Drive is available in the center of the library. 

All current students, faculty and staff can print to the network printer located in the west wing of the library, next to the Reference office. This printer makes single and double-sided, black-and-white prints (a color printer is available in room 220). Students receive 110 sheets free each semester. Additional sheets may be purchased. See the sheets and pricing information for details and fees.

MobilePrint  enables users with a valid Penn State Access Account to upload documents from personally-owned devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops/desktops to then be released at the Print Release Station next to the printer.

 

Textbooks and Course Reserves

Our course reserves service provides students with access through the library to many textbooks, articles, films, and more that are assigned in classes.

For Students

Our physical course reserves items are available to borrow for short periods of time. These items are located in the library; ask at the help desk near the library entrance.

Our electronic course reserves (also called e-reserves) include electronic journal articles, e-books, scanned selections from books, and more. These are available through the Libraries’ e-reserves system and also through your courses in Canvas. Need help locating reserves items for your classes? Contact us at UL-LEHIGH-VAL@LISTS.PSU.EDU or 610-285-5027.

For Instructors

Making course materials available through the library’s course reserves service helps reduce students’ financial burdens and barriers. Instructors may put material on reserve, both physically in the library and electronically through through the Libraries’ e-reserves system. Course reserves items can include library-owned and library-licensed materials, as well as personal copies. For more information about course reserves at Penn State Lehigh Valley, please contact us at UL-LEHIGH-VAL@LISTS.PSU.EDU or 610-285-5027. The course reserves section on the University Libraries homepage also provides useful information, including copyright restrictions and linking reserves to Canvas.

Equipment to Borrow

Chromebooks, Dell Laptops, and Macbook Pros

The library currently has eight Dell laptops and seven Macbook Pros available at the Circulation desk for loan to current Penn State Lehigh Valley students for use anywhere on campus. All are configured for easy wireless access to the Penn State network and internet and have the standard Penn State software installed. These computers circulate for 6 hours at a time and students must present a current Penn State Student ID.

In addition, we have 17 Chromebooks and 6 Dell laptops that may be borrowed for a week at a time.

Item Number Loan Period Late Fees
The following equipment is available at the Circulation Desk for use by by students with a current Penn State ID:
Calculator (scientific - not graphing) 8 24 Hours $2.00/hr to $100 max
Chromebook 17 7 Days $25.00/day
DVD Player (Blu-ray) 1 7 Days $25.00/day
Flash Drive 4GB 5 24 Hours $2.00/hr to $100 max
Laptop - Dell Latitude 7300 8 6 Hours $2.00/hr to $100 max
Laptop - Dell Latitude E5470 6 7 Days $25.00/day
MacBook Pro A2159 7 6 Hours $2.00/hr to $100 max
Portable Charger - 10,000 mAh
- with Apple and Android cable
4 24 Hours $2.00/hr to $100 max
Portable Charger - 20,000 mAh
- with Apple and Android cable
4 24 Hours $2.00/hr to $100 max