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Borrowing Material

See The Clarion University Libraries' Circulation Policy

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Collection Development and Acquisitions

A significant part of the University Libraries' mission is to build, select, and preserve -- in cooperation with University faculty -- a collection of information resources supportive of current and anticipated needs of the University's instructional programs and supportive of teaching and learning.

The University Libraries' collections are developed jointly by librarians and classroom faculty. To facilitate this process, each department is assigned a library faculty liaison for purposes of communication and collection development. 

A Collection Development LibGuide provides a list of library faculty liaisons as well as more detailed information on resources and policies. (If a library liaison has not been assigned to the department, the Collections Librarian will provide assistance.) While academic departments vary in their procedures for working with the library, most academic departments designate a faculty member to function as a liaison. Library and department liaisons work together to ensure development of a strong collection.

Faculty should, if possible, channel requests for materials through the department's representative to the appropriate library liaison. To facilitate purchasing decisions when funding is limited, please designate requests by level of importance to the collection:

  1. Essential to support a specific course/program

  2. Provides general support for the discipline

  3. Marginal purchase, but appropriate for a balanced academic library collection

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Conference Areas

To reserve conference rooms or meeting areas in Carlson Library, go to the University's Events & Scheduling site and click on the "Space Request" link.  Then click on the "My Requests" link on the next page.  You will be prompted to log in using your iClarion e-mail username and password. You can use the resulting form to request meeting space in many campus locations including Carlson Library.

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Copy Equipment in Carlson Library

Photocopier & Printer Information

Microform Equipment - Located in the Periodicals area on Level 1, the reader machines connect to the printer in the Reference area on Level 1.

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Distance Education

Library support for Virtual Campus/Distance Education students is available via:

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Faculty Study Room

A shared faculty study room for use by current and retired faculty is available in Carlson Library on Level A in room A-17. This room contains two tables and a networked computer.  Authorized individuals may have the room unlocked by Level 1 Reference Desk personnel.

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Interlibrary Loan Service

Clarion University students, faculty, and staff may borrow books and articles from other libraries. (ILL Service may also be used by Virtual Campus distance education students to obtain materials from Clarion's own collection.)

On-line request options are available via the Libraries' website.

  • Books:
    • Choose E-Z Borrow or ILLiad
      • Try E-Z Borrow first for fastest service (E-Z Borrow is for books only)
      •  If requested sources are unavailable in E-Z Borrow, use the ILLiad option
  • Periodicals:
    • Choose ILLiad to request periodical articles.
      • Virtual Campus distance education and Venango College students may use this service to request articles from the University Libraries' collection as well as articles from other libraries. Whenever possible, articles are made available in electronic format. Otherwise, they are sent to the address provided on the request form. Periodical requests are handled through the ILLiad software.

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Library Collections

The Clarion University Library collections (consisting of materials at the Carlson Library on the Clarion Campus and the Suhr Library, Venango College) include 400,000+ volumes. Most materials are classified by the Library of Congress Classification system. The juvenile/young adult collection is arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification. Print periodicals are shelved alphabetically, but most periodicals are available in electronic format through the  Databases A-Z.

In addition, the Libraries subscribe to electronic books (E-Books) from a variety of providers, including:

You will regularly encounter bibliographic records for books from these online collections while doing searches in the PILOT online catalog. Links to freely available e-book collections are also available on our E-Book Collections page.  Many varying subject areas are represented in these e-book collections.

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Library Instruction

The Libraries offer a program of course-integrated information literacy instruction. Clarion campus sessions are held in room 201 Carlson Library (instruction computer lab) unless alternate arrangements are made. Tutorials on various databases and services are also available through the Library Help page on the Libraries' Home Page.

Faculty: If you would like a librarian to facilitate an information literacy session for your class at the Carlson Library, Clarion Campus, through D2L online, and/or distance please:

  • Contact Karen Sheesman at 814-393-1841 to reserve a time slot

  • Schedule early as slots fill up quickly

  • When you schedule, let us know the number of students in your class

The librarian teaching the session will contact you to discuss the details of your class assignment and the coverage of the session.

Faculty: If you would like a librarian to facilitate an information literacy session for your class at Suhr Library, Venango College, please:

  • Contact Nancy Clemente at 814-393-1245 or 814-676-6591 Extension: 1245

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Library Staff Directory

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On-line Databases:

Databases provide access to thousands of full-text journals as well as electronic resources covering most academic disciplines. Most electronic resources are available through remote access as well as on-campus use.

Access to databases is provided via the Libraries' homepage. Click Databases A- Z on either the Libraries' Home Page  or the Library Research Resources page.

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Onsite Borrowing at Cooperating Libraries:


    • The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) libraries lend books directly to visiting faculty and students. Your University ID is needed to borrow materials from these institutions. Click here for a list of the PASSHE universities and a map showing their locations.

  • PALCI:

    • Clarion University participates in the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) that permits faculty to borrow materials directly from other academic libraries.  The PALCI has a complete list of participating libraries.

      • Before visiting one of these libraries, obtain an Authorization form from Carlson Library or Suhr Library and take the completed authorization form and your university ID to the PALCI member library to present to the staff when borrowing items. (Forms may be obtained from a librarian at the Reference Desk or at the Circulation Desk.)


    • State employees may request a state library card from the State Library of Pennsylvania to access their databases.

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The Libraries offer electronic, traditional print, and media reserves. Faculty are encouraged to use electronic reserves when possible to enhance student access to materials. Click here to view the Clarion University Libraries' complete Reserve Policy and forms and instructions for placing reserves.

  • Please contact Melissa Pierce (at Carlson Library) at 814-393-2304 or Sylvia Wiegel (at Suhr Library) at 814-393-1246 for further assistance.

NOTE: Please allow at least two weeks for materials to be added to the reserve collection.

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What is Carlson Library

Carlson Library collections are housed on five floors: Level B through Level 3. Level 1 is the entry level. The PILOT online catalog provides location information, and signs are posted in (and near) elevators as well.

Level 3

Book Collection(Classes A-PQ)

Level 2

Book Collection(Classes N, qN, fN, PR-Z, qZ, fZ)

Level 1
(main floor)

Browsing Collection
Reference Collection
Special Collections
Periodicals (most current to 9 years)

Level A

Juvenile/Young Adult Collection
Frederick Douglass Collection
Faculty Publications
Oversize books (qA-qM, qP-qV & fA-fM, fP-fV)

Level B

Bound Periodicals (More than 9 years old)

For security reasons, Level B has restricted access. To request a journal title housed on Level B, please fill out a journal request form and submit it to the circulation desk staff. Journal request forms are located in the periodicals department and at the reference and circulation desks.

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Last Updated: September, 2013