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Residence Hall Resources to Promote Library Use and Library Related Skill Development: Library Student Success Toolkit

This page will include information and links useful for students who live in the residence halls.

Top Tips

IUP Libraries Student Success Top Tips Toolkit

Tip #1 – Connect with a Librarian:

Text: 724-401-1984

Call: 724-357-3006


Homework Help:

Come visit in person: Reference Desk Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm; Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 9 pm



Tip #2 – Learn Where to Find Stuff in the Library:

Library Map -


Tip #3 – Find books

Follow these steps: (helpful video)

Step 1: visit click on ‘online catalog’ link

Step 2: click on guided search, type keywords in the boxes (warning: results include electronic books & online government documents)

Step 3: look for a call number to find a print book, write down or text the call number to locate the book on the shelf (hint: handout for finding a book on the shelf &

helpful site:


Tip #4 – Find articles & electronic books/ e-books (easiest way, does not encompass Library databases)

Follow these steps: (helpful guide)

Step 1: visit type a few keywords in the I-search box at the top of the page

Step 2: view and refine results on the left (warning: results include journal articles, print and electronic books & online government documents)

Step 3: For e-books = click on the hyper linked title to obtain the link to the electronic book OR For articles – click on the PDF full text link under the title on the search results page

Step 4: Article not full text? Watch this helpful video:


Tip #5 – Obtaining materials not available through the Library

Follow these steps: (helpful video)

Step 1: visit click on ‘Interlibrary Loan’ link in the Services box on the right of the page

Step 2: follow the steps on this web page link

Step 3: Call the Reference Desk at 724-357-3006 for assistance finding materials (please call!!)


Tip #6 – Space usage and reservations  

  • Public carrels are available on a “first-come, first-served” basis and may not be reserved

  • Group study rooms via in-person reservations, 2+ students, up to 2 hours; questions call 724-357-2460

  • Club or Organization Table Form:

Tip #7 – Media & Technology Circulation & Services

  • Check out – cameras, tripods, camcorders, microphone, voice recorder, photo floodlight kits, laptops - questions call 724-357-2460

  • Access – computer labs, high tech group study rooms, media pods, Studio 1B recording room, green screen room, etc. call 724-357-2033 for help or questions

Tip #8 – Learn more…


Questions? Casey Sirochman, Student Success & Reference Librarian

 (Created: 12/7/15)