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Services at IUP Libraries: Study Places and Resources for Student Organizations

Learn about the departments and services available at the IUP Libraries that are available to students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic researchers.

Quiet Study Floors

These areas are intended to be used for individual, quiet studying. Cell phones should be turned off and conversations are not permitted. Quiet study is expected and will be enforced.

Stapleton: second and third floors (excluding group study rooms located on each)
Stapleton: first floor computer lab

Public Study Carrels

The following rules govern the use of the public study and research carrels in the library. 

Rules

  • Public carrels are available on a “first-come, first-served” basis and may not be reserved.
  • Only one person may use an individual public carrel at a time. Groups of two or more studying together should use the group study rooms or open seating on the ground and first floors.
  • This is a quiet floor, so noise must be kept to a minimum.
  • Public carrel doors may not be locked.
  • When the carrel is being used, the carrel light must be on. When finished with the carrel, remove all items, turn out the light, and leave the door open.
  • Carrels are not to be used for storage. Unattended items left in a carrel will be removed.
  • The library is not responsible for theft of personal belongings placed in any carrel.
  • Nothing is to be affixed to carrel walls or windows. The use of nails, tape, tacks, glue, etc. is prohibited.
  • Users are responsible for removing any trash to a receptacle outside the carrel.
  • The use of personal electronic devices (such as computers, e-book readers, video or audio players with headphones, etc.) is allowed. However, the use of personal appliances such as coffee makers, hot water pots, microwaves, etc. or flammable items (e.g., candles) are expressly prohibited.

Please report any problems with carrels to the Circulation Desk, or call (724) 357-2340.

Organizations Can Reserve a Table for Promotion or Fundraising

Student Organizations and University Offices are welcome to reserve tables in the library to promote events and host fundraisers.  In order to reserve a table in the library, complete the IUP Libraries Table Reservation Form.

Library Table Reservation Policy

  • Library-provided tables are to be used solely by persons representing university-related groups.
  • Tables must remain on the first floor of Stapleton Library where they are set up. Please do not exceed more than four people per table.
  • Users are expected to occupy their tables for the entire time period requested.
  • Do not affix banners or fliers to the walls of the library. The use of display boards (provided by the user) is encouraged.
  • The use of paints, dyes, or other substances that may cause permanent damage to the tables, building, or other furnishings is prohibited.
  • Sales or distribution of items is permitted provided that the items are not considered offensive under University guidelines. Complaints about sales of inappropriate items will be referred to the Office of Social Equity.
  • Sales or distribution of food items is permitted, but users are responsible for taking reasonable measures to ensure the cleanliness of library facilities.
  • Items used during your reservation must be removed at the end of your reservation time. Users are responsible for leaving the tables in the same condition as when they arrived.
  • The IUP Libraries is not responsible for the security of any items used during your reservation.
  • The IUP Libraries reserves the right to refuse the use of tables at any time, based on criteria outlined in the University Civility Code or library policies. Two infractions of table rules will result in the suspension of a group's use of tables for one calendar year following the second violation.

 

Organizations Can Reserve a Room for Viewing Media

Stabley Room 203 may be reserved by students for group viewing of media.

Stabley Room 203 has a seating capacity of 10 people.  If your group or organization would like to reserve Stabley 203, complete the IUP Classroom Reservation Form.

Group Study Areas

These open areas of the library are intended to be used for group studying. The audible level should be that of normal conversations. Loud or distracting noises are not permitted.

Stapleton: ground and first floors (excluding first floor computer lab) 
Stabley: ground and second floors 

Group Study Rooms:

These rooms are intended to be used for group studying. As with the open group study areas audible levels should be that of normal conversations. Loud or distracting noises are not permitted.

Stapleton: ground, second and third floors
Stabley: second floor

Private Study Carrel Reservation and Use Policy

Stapleton Library carrels are intended to provide relatively secure, semi-private space for doctoral students, faculty, or administrators actively involved in research requiring the use of Stapleton Library and its resources.

Carrel Assignments

The priority list for assignments is as follows:

  1. IUP doctoral students who have achieved degree candidacy (completed 9-15 doctoral credits) working on dissertations and/or taking classes.
  2. IUP faculty/administrators working on dissertations
  3. IUP faculty/administrators/emeriti faculty actively involved in research requiring the use of Stapleton Library and its resources.

Applications and Assignments

Applications will be accepted online via a link included in an e-mail sent to all doctoral students. Applicants may choose to apply for a full academic year (including summer sessions) or for individual semesters/sessions. A random lottery, drawn from applications on file, will be held during the first week of each semester or at the beginning of summer to make carrel assignments. Applicants not receiving a carrel assignment will be notified via e-mail and must resubmit an application to be considered in the next lottery.

Terms of Assignment

Carrels assigned for the academic year may be used during both semesters plus the summer terms, if needed. In the case of summer term requests, assignments will be made for the entire summer, or a portion thereof, when carrels are available. Applicants receiving a single semester assignment must vacate the carrel by the day after final exams conclude for that semester. All carrel occupants must vacate by the end of the second summer session.

Deposit/Loss of Deposit

A refundable $20 (cash only) key deposit is required before a key is issued. The key must be returned no later than the end of Summer Session II to receive a refund.  If the carrel key is lost, the $20 fee is not refunded, and the occupant must pay an additional deposit of $20 for a new key to be issued.  There will be no refunds for recovered keys after a new key has been issued.

Rules Governing the Use of Private Study Carrels

  1. Carrels are intended for research. They are not second offices or conference rooms, nor do they have mailing addresses.
  2. A $20 (cash only) deposit is required of each person assigned a carrel key. Loss of or failure to return the key will result in loss of the deposit.
  3. Carrels may not be used by others than those assigned to them. There should only be one chair in a carrel at any given time.
  4. All library materials housed in the carrels must be charged out through the Circulation Desk. Inspection will be made periodically, and any uncharged library materials will be removed and reshelved. Noncirculating materials (e.g., reference books or periodicals) may not be stored in carrels.
  5. Library staff will not unlock carrels for users who have forgotten or lost their key.
  6. The library is not responsible for theft of personal belongings placed in any carrel.
  7. Nothing is to be affixed to carrel walls or windows. This includes window curtains of any type.  The use of nails, tape, tacks, glue, etc. is expressly prohibited.
  8. Personal appliances such as coffee makers, hot water pots, microwaves, etc. or flammable items (e.g., candles) are expressly prohibited.
  9. While you are allowed to eat and drink in the library, the keeping of a stash of snacks and other food in the carrels is prohibited as it entices rodents and bugs to inhabit the space with you.
  10. Trash must be taken to a receptacle outside the carrel.
  11. The library reserves the right to allow authorized staff to enter any carrel at any time to inspect for compliance with these rules.
  12. Any abuse of the carrel or library material by a carrel applicant will result in the immediate loss of carrel privileges.
  13. Loss of carrel privileges will result in the loss of your deposit.
  14. Once a carrel assignment has been made, it is final.
  15. Remember that while the carrels have lockable doors, there is no ceiling. Do not leave personal items such as cell phones or laptops unattended. Thefts do occur.