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HSA Program at Northpointe: Getting Books

Borrowing Books from Libraries

As a distance education student, you are, of course, always welcome at the IUP Libraries. 

To find out what books are available in the IUP Libraries, search the PILOT Online Catalog (also available on the IUP Libraries home page). CLICK HERE for videos on how to search Pilot Online Catalog.

Process for getting books mailed (SEE JUDY B.)

You can also borrow books through your public library or from other University libraries in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

If you live near any of the 14 PASSHE Universities, or the State Library in Harrisburg, your IUP ID card will allow you to borrow at those libraries. 

You may want to check the library's website for hours, or contact them before your visit to make sure the items you want are available:

Bloomsburg University, Harvey A. Andress Library

California University, Louis L. Manderino Library

Cheyney University, Leslie Pickney Hill Library

Clarion University Libraries  (Clarion & Oil City)

East Stroudsburg University, Kemp Library

Edinboro University, Baron-Forness Library

Kutztown University, Rohrbach Library

Lock Haven University Libraries  (Lock Haven & Clearfield)

Mansfield University, North Hall Library

Millersville University Library

Shippensburg University, Ezra Lehman Memorial Library

Slippery Rock University, Bailey Library

State Library of Pennsylvania

West Chester University Libraries

If you live in Pennsylvania the Access Pennsylvania database will lead you to books to borrow from public, school, special, or academic libraries.  From the entry page at http://205.247.101.11/ , you can select a geographic area or search the entire state.  Your local public library can assist you with borrowing these books through their Interlibrary Loan program.

Pilot Online Catalog

The online catalog a link from IUP Libraries web site http://www.iup.edu/library is the system to find out what IUP Libraries own. Check out how to find what IUP Libraries own via PILOT Online Catalog.

More Ways to Finding Books

  • E-books via Netlibrary. If you do not have an account set up with Netlibrary, you must initially create it on-campus or contact the Reference Desk and the Reference Librarian will be happy to assist up.
  • WorldCat.org provides free online searching of library collections throughout the world at http://www.worldcat.org

Select the Books tab to limit your search. 

Click on a title and type your zipcode in the "Enter your location" box to display libraries near you that own the book.

  • If you live in Pennsylvania the Access Pennsylvania database will lead you to books to borrow from public, school, special, or academic libraries.  From the entry page at http://205.247.101.11/ , you can select a geographic area or search the entire state.  Your local public library can assist you with borrowing these books through their Interlibrary Loan program.

  • Google Books, http://books.google.com/, allows you to search and read preview pages for many books.  Out-of-copyright books may be fully-available online.  Another source for openly-available online books is the texts section of the Internet Archive, http://www.archive.org/details/texts

  • Of course you can also identify book titles at commercial sites such as Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/, or Barnes and Noble, http://www.barnesandnoble.com

Once you locate a book title, you can search and/or request the book from your local public library.