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Penn State University Libraries

Access Services


The University Libraries is committed to making its collections accessible to students, faculty and staff of Penn State University as well as residents throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the broader scholarly community.

Penn State faculty, staff, and students at all locations are eligible to borrow materials from all University Libraries locations. Interlibrary loan services for materials not available from the Penn State collections is offered to all Penn State students, faculty, and staff seeking materials in support of University sponsored research and teaching. In most circumstances, the library collections are available to any individual for use on site.

Residents of Pennsylvania may borrow materials from the circulating collection from any University Libraries location. A Pennsylvania resident library card will be issued at no cost. Alumni of Penn State University may borrow materials from the circulating collection from any University Libraries location. An alumni library card will be issued at no cost.

Audio-visual items housed at Media and Technology Support Services are available for use by patrons not affiliated with Penn State through interlibrary loan or, on a rental basis. Any individual may request that materials be borrowed from the University Libraries collections by contacting his/her local library's interlibrary loan offices.


 Adaptive Technology  and Services

Assists disabled faculty, students, staff and library patrons to retrieve and access information.

 Commons Services

Provides informational materials and related services to University Libraries patrons. Staff are available for assistance and questions during all hours of operation.

 Course Reserves

Makes course material available both within the Library and online to students enrolled in Penn State courses. Assists faculty with reserves-related technical and copyright issues.


Off-site storage facilities for the management, organization, distribution and preservation of library materials.

 Collection Maintenance

Manages the collections' physical distribution and organization to ensure that all patrons can access the collection with the greatest possible ease.

 Interlibrary Loan

Obtains material not owned by the University Libraries for use by faculty, students and staff, and supplies loans and photocopies of University Libraries' material to other libraries worldwide.