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Penn State University Libraries

University Libraries Annex

The Annex

The Annex is comprised of 4 off-site shelving facilities, within 4 miles of the UP campus, where library materials are stored to relieve congestion in the Libraries. 

The Annex is not open to the public.

Annex Shelving Generic

In addition the Annex:

  1. Maintains off-site storage of low-use materials and journals whose contents are locations available online.
  2. Houses over one million books and 65,000 maps.
  3. Provides a controlled environment to help preserve the longevity of materials. 
  4. Many materials are listed in the online catalog and are available for circulation.

To Request Materials From the Annex

■  Penn State Students, Faculty, Staff, and individuals with Friends of Penn State accounts   

Click “I Want It” in the online catalog (CAT)If you receive a “hold not allowed” error, login to ILLIAD and select the Annexed Items request option. 

■  Visitors with a Library Borrowers Card  

Click “I Want It” in the (CAT). If you receive a “hold not allowed” error, ask for help at a service desk. 

■  Visitors without a Library Borrowers Card

You will be able to use annexed materials within the library. Ask for assistance at a service desk. 


Requests for delivery of book and scanned articles are processed Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Average delivery time for hard copy material is 24-48 hours to a University Park location.  Delivery to a Commonwealth campus location will take an additional 24-48 hours. 

If traveling from a distance, please contact a service desk and submit your request(s) to them in advance.  Please allow four to five days for delivery of annexed material to any PSU library.

Questions about annexed materials?  ASK a librarian or call 814-863-1360.