Study at the Robert E. Eiche Library, Altoona Campus

Service Updates

Hours

Visit our current hours to see when we're here.

The Libraries’ Ask a Librarian service, offering live chat and email support, is also available.

Eiche Library exterior

 

Curbside Pickup

Books can be requested using curbside pickup. While our library stacks are closed to browsing, you may place holds on items for pickup through the Libraries Catalog. Make sure to schedule your pickup time with us.

Spaces & Technology

The number of desktop computers in the library will be greatly reduced, due to physical distancing. However, we will have 12 computer workstations. Please bring your own headphones or earbuds. There are also four Mac computers in the library, and one iMac available. We also have laptops available for check out.

Computer use is limited to students, faculty, and staff only. Students: You need to bring your own device to the areas set up on campus for participating in your Zoom classes. There are 18 seats available to reserve for Zoom Classes.  Seats may be reserved for 2 hour time slots.

Several Library computers have been converted to WebLabs, and may be accessed remotely.

Eiche Reservation Seats

Course Reserves

Textbooks that are part of our Course Reserves are available for checkout (for a 24-hour period) from the Service Desk in the library. Usage of print course reserves will be very limited due to the mandated 96-hour quarantine in between checkouts. 

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.

Altoona Course Reserves

Reference and Instruction

If you need help with research, Reference and Instruction Librarians Daniel Thacker (dlt5314@psu.edu) and Lori Lysiak (lal29@psu.edu) are available via email or phone. Assistance via Zoom can also be arranged. 

Ask a Librarian is a University-wide online research assistance service that offers live chat and email support. 

Eiche Reference Desk

Additional Information

Closed Stacks

While the stacks are closed, 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. 

Hathi Trust: 48% of the Penn State University Libraries print collection is currently available to Penn State students, faculty, and staff digitally through this Emergency Temporary Access Service.

Eiche Stacks

 

Newspapers and Magazines

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 magazines and journals, choose the E-Journals tab in the FIND box on the Penn State University Libraries homepage. 

One Button Studio

The One Button Studio will be available for limited use by one person at a time. 

Zoom can function as a nice remote alternative to the One Button Studio. It can be used in either a synchronous class setting or students can record themselves and share the video after recording. Zoom recordings that students create can easily be turned in to Canvas or taken into a video editor for further refinement.

Eiche One Button

Quiet Study

The furniture in the library has been rearranged to provide physically  distant quiet study spaces for students. Please refrain from moving chairs to other locations in the library. 

In addition to the computer workstations, there are 70 seats available in the library. Currently, there are no Group Study rooms available.

Eiche Computers

​Visitors

All Pennsylvania residents are eligible to apply for a Resident Borrowers card at any Penn State University Library, with proper ID (PA drivers license or state ID) with current address. 

Plus, residents who register online through Penn State’s account service can request items from any Penn State library, view account information, and renew materials online.

Request your books and DVDs (from any campus) online and after you’re notified they are ready for pickup, use our new curbside pickup or come in to the Service Desk.

Visitor access to the library is limited to the circulation desk area for picking up or returning items only. Thank you for your understanding as we reserve our limited library space for our students.

Eiche Service Desk

 

Rooms and Spaces

Room Number Usage Policy
Group Study and Meeting Spaces at the Eiche Library, Altoona
205, 206, 207, 208, 211B, and 200 Bechtel/Wherry Study (Glass Room) Group Study Online reservations for group study rooms, at all campuses, are unavailable through the duration of the remote instruction period.
211A One Button Studio Online reservations for group study rooms, at all campuses, are unavailable through the duration of the remote instruction period.

 

 

Scan, Copy and Print

The Library has two scanners that are free to use for students, faculty and staff.

The Library also has a ST Viewscan II scanner to view and print microfilm and microfiche.

A photocopier machine is located in the Library. The photocopier requires LionCash or a credit card.

There are also two black-and-white printers and a color printer. For printing from laptops, the Library has a remote printing-release station.

  • Printing defaults to double sided.
  • Printing available only to PSU users.

 

Textbooks and Reserves

For Students

Physical items such as textbooks, DVDs, and other materials that are placed on Course Reserve by your instructor can be accessed at the Circulation Desk at the Library. Materials are to be returned at the same desk.

  • You will need your Penn State ID card to check out materials.
  • Fines will be assessed on overdue items. Items that are lost/damaged will be assessed additional fees.
  • E-Reserves can be accessed either through your instructor’s Canvas page or through the E-Reserves system.

For Instructors

Reserves are placed only during semesters when the course for which those materials were requested is in session.

 

Equipment to Borrow

Robert E. Eiche Library Equipment to Borrow
Item Number Location Loan Period Library Usage
Calculators 5 Circulation Desk 4-Hour Open Usage
Calculators- Graphing 2 Circulation Desk 4-Hour Open Usage
Canon HD Camcorder 2 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
Canon Still Camera 2 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
DVD Drive & Card 2 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
EN-EL12Rechargeable Li-ion Battery 2 Circulation Desk 14-Days Open Usage
Explorer VTB Tripod 1 Circulation Desk 7-Days Open Usage
GoPro Camera 1 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
GoPro JAWS Flex Clamp 1 Circulation Desk 14-Day Open Usage
GoPro Wifi Combo Kit 1 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
GoPro LCD Touch BacPac and Access. 1 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
Headphones 12 Circulation Desk 4-Hour In-House Use
JVC Camcorder 2 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
Key Mission 360 Camera with Case and Accessories 2 Circulation Desk 14-Day Open Usage
Instabilizer: Universal Tripod Adaptor for Tablets 1 Circulation Desk 4-Hour Open Usage
Iographer Multi case for mobile phone 1 Circulation Desk 14-Day Open Usage
Laptops 10 Circulation Desk 4-Hour In-House Use
Lavalier Microphones for Mobile Devices & Headphone Jack Adapters 2 Circulation Desk 7-Day In-House Use
MacBook Air 5 Circulation Desk 4-Hour In-House Use
Life-size Dual-Sex Torso Muscular Arm 1 Circulation Desk 2-Hour In-House Use
Male Muscle Figure 1 Circulaion Desk 2-Hour In-House Use
Model of Full Human Male Asian Disarticulated Skeleton 1 Circulation Desk 2-Hour In-House Use
Model of Full Human Female Disarticulated Skeleton 1 Circulation Desk 2-Hour In-House Use
Model of Human Brain 1 Circulation Desk 2-Hour In-House Use
Model of Human Heart 2 Circulation Desk 2-Hour In-House Use
Model of Human Skull 1 Circulation Desk 2-Hour In-House Use
Molecular Model Set 1 Circulation Desk 4-Hour Open Usage
Monopod 2 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
Mozu Guru 360 Action Camera Stabilizer 1 Circulation Desk 14-Day Open Usage
Oculus Go (Virtual Head Set) 1 Circulation Desk 3-Day Open Usage
One Button Studio Laser Presenter & Remote 1 Circulation Desk 4-Hour Open Usage
Ruler, Compass, and Protractor Sets 2 Circulation Desk 4-Hour Open Usage
Smartphone Tripod Adapter for IPhone 2 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
Smartphone Tripod Adapter for Tablets 1 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
Steadicam Volt 1 Circulation Desk 14-Day Open Usage
Tripods- Large 3 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open Usage
Tripods- Small 2 Circulation Desk 7-Day Open usage
Turntable 2 Circulation Desk 14-Day Open Usage
Videomic Go Camera/Mic/Lens Kit 1 Circulation Desk 14-Day Open Usage
Viewmaster VR Viewer 2 Circulation Desk 14-Day Open Usage
White Board Kits 5 Circulation Desk 4-Hour In-House Use