Search Bar Services

The Search Bar offers a suite of peer-to-peer undergraduate student services in Sidewater Commons, located on the first floor of Pattee Library. These services, designed for peers to assist their peers toward academic success, are a collaboration between the University Libraries, Penn State Learning, and Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology.

The Search Bar is open when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our services will be offered virtually via Zoom until further notice.

Summer Hours (Online)

As of July 13, 2020, all Search Bar services (described below) will offer virtual consultations via Zoom on Mondays between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. All you need to do is select the "Connect with Us!" button below to get the assistance you need. Please also check the Writing Tutors and Tech Tutors web pages for additional online availability.

As of June 29, 2020 Peer Research Consultants will offer virtual consultations, also via Zoom, by selecting "Connect with Us!" below. Hours are:

Monday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Friday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Connect with Us!

Fall 2020 Hours (Online)

Beginning August 31st

  • Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


  • CLOSED: Thanksgiving Break
  • CLOSED: Holiday/Winter Break

If you need help with Zoom, visit Penn State's Zoom support page.


Peer Research Consultants

Peer Research Consultants help other Penn State students conduct research and use library resources. Students receive assistance with choosing or narrowing down a topic, writing a research question, finding and evaluating information sources, and learning more about navigating the Libraries’ website. If needed, students may be referred to the appropriate library subject specialist or service for more advanced assistance.

Writing Tutors

Writing tutors are experts at talking about writing and the writing process. Simply stated, they listen to and ask questions to help students express themselves clearly in their writing. Peer Writing Tutors approach each session from an angle of collaboration and creation rather than one of remediation. As such, they do not correct or copy edit papers.

Tech Tutors

Tech Tutors help with course assignments requiring technology. They provide training on learning management systems used in the classroom, as well as software and web-based application tools.

General inquiries should be directed to Search Bar staff at