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Information and Services - Equipment and Services

Equipment and Services Available

This information pertains to the libraries at University Park.  For information on other campus libraries, visit your Campus Library website.



Battery Recycling

All batteries can be recycled (rechargable or not).

Battery recycling locations:

  • Staff offices
    • Human Resources office
    • E-101 staff office/Welcome Desk workroom
    • E-126 Technical Services reception area
  • Public areas
    • News and Microforms Library (on top of the recycling containers)
    • Arts & Humanities Library, 2nd floor West Pattee (on top of the recycling containers)

Borrow a Laptop



Pattee/Paterno Library
  • Commons Service Desk
    • scientific and graphing calculators — 24-hour checkout
  • Knowledge Commons Service Desk
    • simple calculators available for loan
  • Life Sciences Library
    • two basic calculators and one scientific calculator — 4-hour checkout, in-library use only.
  • Social Sciences Library
    • calculator available (patron asked to provide email address)
  • Education and Behavioral Sciences Library
    • basic calculator available
Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library
  • calculator for patron use — 4-hour checkout, in-library use only
Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
  • 4 scientific calculators (Texas Instruments - TI-30X, Casio FX-115ES, Casio FX-300MS, Casio FX-82MS)
  • 3 Graphing calculators (Texas Instruments- TI-83plus, Texas Instruments- TI-84plus, Texas Instruments- TI-89 Titanium)
    • 4-hour checkout

Cassette, CD, DVD, VCR, Laser Disc Players, Turntable

Music and Media Center (Pattee Library, 2nd Floor, West):

Film Viewing Room (W22) in the News & Microforms Library:

Televisions and video players


Charging Stations - Mobile Devices

Mobile device charging stations are available in the following locations:

  • Paterno Library - student lounges on floors 2, 3, and 4
  • Pattee Library - Leisure Reading Room, Knowledge Commons (3 stations available) News and Microforms Library
  • Architecture Library
  • Engineering Library
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library
  • The Earth and Mineral Sciences Library has iPhone and Android chargers they loan out to patrons for four hours at a time.

Each charging station includes adapters for up to 8 devices, including iPhone 4 and 5 (which should also charge iPhone 6), and both micro and mini USB powered devices.



Headphones are available for checkout to patrons in the following areas:

  • Pattee Library
    • Music & Media Center
    • News & Microforms
  • Paterno Library
    • Social Sciences Library
    • Life Sciences Library: 4-hour checkout for in-library use
    • Education and Behavioral Sciences Library
  • Physical & Mathematical Sciences Library: 4-hour checkout for in-library use
  • Earth and Mineral Sciences Library: 4-hour checkout

Interpretype (ITY)

The Libraries has an interactive communication system called Interpretype (ITY). ITY helps connect a non-signing hearing person to a deaf, hearing impaired, or speech impaired user, by using two small keyboards with screens that are connected to each other.

If you need to use the ITY and would like help in learning how to operate it, contact the Coordinator of Library Services for Persons with Disabilities, Susan Hayya at 814-865-0284.



The Department of Architectural Engineering offers lamination.


Light Table

There is a light table located in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, 105 Deike Building, (814) 865-9517.


Office Supplies

Office supplies are available in vending machines located in the Knowledge Commons and on the 2nd Floor Paterno Lounge!

Additionally, there are assorted office supplies (paper clips, pencils, rulers, scissors, tape, etc.) at or near most public service desks.


Paper Cutter

Paper cutters are available in these locations:

  • Pattee Central and West:
    • W13, near Maps Library
    • W102, Sidewater Commons
    • News & Microforms Library, W21 Pattee Library
  • Paterno Library:
    • Social Sciences Library, 2nd floor
    • Life Sciences Library, 4th floor
  • Earth and Mineral Sciences Library

Pencil Sharpener

Manual and electric pencil sharpeners are located throughout the libraries, including subject libraries, in the stacks, and at the welcome desks.


Sound and Camera Equipment

For information about sound and camera/video equipment, contact Media and Technology Support Services.

Faculty may also contact the Faculty Multimedia Center (FMC) located in 206 Pollock Building about using sound equipment..



Most service desks in the Libraries have staplers available for patron use.  


Suggestion Boxes

The Libraries welcome suggestions for book purchases and/or ways in which services can be improved. To leave a comment or suggestion, use the ASK A Librarian chat service tab found on most library webiste pages.



Campus/local courtesy telephone is located in Paterno Library, 5th floor.


Three-Hole Punch

The following locations have three-hole punches available for public use:

  • Pattee Library
    • Knowledge Commons, 1st floor, west, Pattee Library
    • News and Microforms Library, 24 Pattee Library (ground floor, west)
    • Music and Media Center, 211 Pattee Library, west
  • Paterno Library
    • Social Sciences Library, 201 Paterno Library
    • Business Library, 301 Paterno Library
    • Life Sciences Library, 401 Paterno Library
    • Education and Behavioral Sciences Library, 501 Paterno Library


Transparency printing is no longer available in the Libraries



There are no typewriters available in Pattee-Paterno libraries.

Schlow Library has a typewriter available for patron use. Ask at the reference desk.


Visitor Stations


Water Bottle Filling Station

  • First floor, Central Pattee Library by the grand staircase
  • Knowledge Commons (first floor, West Pattee Library)


Whiteboards are available in most group study rooms and instruction rooms

Exception: Not available in W13