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About Us

Welcome to PAMS

Picture of Entrance of Library

Welcome to the Physical and Mathematical Science Library (PAMS) at University Park.  We are located in 201 Davey Lab.  We can be reached by telephone at 814-865-7617 or via email at

The PAMS Library offers students space for quiet study as well as for group work.  Study carrels have power and data ports available, while 3 group-study rooms are equipped with marker boards, power and data.  There is also a casual seating area.

Our collections support study and research in astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, statistics, and chemical engineering.


Who Are We?

PAMS Personnel

There are 5 full-time people, alongside multiple part-time staff personnel in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS) Library. We all have our offices in the PAMS Library at 201 Davey Lab.  We can all be reached by phone at (814) 865-7617 or by email at

Nan Butkovich: 

Nan is the Head of the PAMS Library and the subject selector and liaison for chemistry, physics, and astronomy. You can reach her at or leave a message at (814) 865-3716.

John Meier:

 John is a Science Librarian and the subject selector for mathematics and statistics. He is also responsible for our patents and trademarks depository program. You can reach him at or by phone at (814)867-1448 (cell 412-606-5976).

Rob Olendorf:

Rob is the Eric N. and Bonnie S. Prystowsky Science Libraries Early Career Librarian and the Data Science Librarian here. You can reach him at or call (814) 865-6766.

Ann Thompson:

Ann’s the Library Manager. If you’ve got questions about borrowing library materials or your library record, talk to her.  Her office phone number is (814) 865-3715, or you can e-mail her at

Alexandra Kowsh:

Alex is the Emerging Technologies Specialist here, if you have any questions about One Button Studio, new technologies in the library, or course reserves you can email her at or call (814)863-8975.