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Carlson Library on the Clarion Campus and Suhr Library at Venango College have combined collections of more than 1.7 million items in various formats including books, e-books, microforms, periodicals, media, streaming video, and electronic databases. Materials not held by the two libraries may be accessed through interlibrary loan services offered at both libraries or directly online through the libraries' webpage.

The libraries are committed to providing excellent service to users. Qualified library faculty and staff are available in the libraries' public service areas and via phone, chat, and e-mail to assist users in locating information, satisfying research needs, and effectively using instructional technologies. Library faculty also provide instruction on general library use and on research resources and strategies which are discipline specific. The libraries' webpage provides a gateway to scholarly resources including services which provide full-text access to thousands of academic journals and services for distance learners.

The mission of the Clarion University Libraries is to:

  • assist university undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and administration in conveniently locating and accessing the university's information resources and those of other sources;

  • develop and provide timely and responsive services, programs, and tools that facilitate translation of information into knowledge and support research, scholarship, teaching, and learning;

  • build, select, and preserve, in cooperation with university faculty, a collection of information resources commensurate with the current and anticipated discipline needs of the university's instructional programs and supportive of teaching and learning processes;

  • contribute to progress of the university and the profession; and

  • participate in addressing the information resource needs of local and rural communities in Pennsylvania.


Carlson Library on the Clarion Campus is a state-of-the art facility. Extensive connectivity to the campus network and the Internet is provided through building-wide wireless and standard data networks. There are four computer laboratories with PCs, Macs, and printers available for student use. Laptop computers are available for use in the library. The Carlson Library building is home to the university's Center for Academic Excellence, as well as  the University Art Gallery.The Department of Library Science, a department in the university's College of Education and Human Services, has its offices, classrooms, and computer laboratory in the facility.

Suhr Library at Venango College provides an inviting research and study environment. It is a wireless zone containing  a computer lab and providing laptop computers for both library and off-site use. Suhr Library houses the Barbara Morgan Harvey Center for the Study of Oil Heritage, which sponsors a range of activities and contains primary  source information on the region.


Music Program

Music ensembles are available to all members of the Clarion University community.

  • Brass Ensemble offers students the opportunity to study and perform chamber music for brass instruments. Repertoire is varied, with a concentration on early music and music of the 20th century. Membership is by audition.

  • Concert Choir offers all members of the university community who enjoy and appreciate choral music and singing in a large ensemble the opportunity to sing repertoire from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Audition not required.

  • Jazz Band performs representative works for jazz band, with an emphasis on recent trends in composition and arranging. Membership is by audition.

  • Chamber Singers is a group of approximately 20 members who perform significant works from the choral chamber repertoire. Membership is by audition.

  • Marching Band repertoire ranges from classics to contemporary to jazz. The Golden Eagle Marching Band appears at all home football games, headlines regional marching festivals, and leads the annual Autumn Leaf Festival Parade. Audition not required.

  • Percussion Ensemble offers members the opportunity to study and perform chamber music for percussion instruments including contemporary works, transcriptions of early music, and music of various cultures. Membership is by audition.

  • Symphonic Band is an ensemble that performs representative works for band drawn from traditional and contemporary literature. Audition not required.

  • Symphony Orchestra brings together string and wind players dedicated to performing orchestral literature. Membership is by audition.

  • Wind Ensemble provides wind and percussion players the opportunity to perform significant wind literature from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Membership is by audition.

  • Woodwind Ensemble offers members the opportunity to perform chamber literature for woodwind instruments. Membership is by audition.


Dramatic Organizations

ALPHA PSI OMEGA is a national honorary dramatics fraternity. This organization attempts to further the student's knowledge of and involvement with theatre. The chapter sponsors the Alpha Psi Omega memorial scholarship fund which grants theatre awards to deserving students.

UNIVERSITY THEATRE, the campus dramatic organization, is open to all students interested in gaining experience in performance and technical aspects of theatre. Students are welcome to participate in the four major productions, student-directed plays, and the Summer Drama Workshop.


Speech Organizations

is open to any student interested in exploring professional opportunities in fields of communication. Members have the opportunity to hold leadership positions on committees and to be involved in a variety of activities. Members may also travel to attend and present at state, regional, and national conferences.

is open to any student interested in competitive speaking events. Members compete in persuasive, informative, humorous, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking as well as oral interpretation. Debaters argue various topics and compete in parliamentary and policy debate. Members of the Speech and Debate Team can compete in on-campus events, public debates, and travel to regional and national tournaments hosted by other colleges and universities.


Parking and Automobile Regulations

All provisions of the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as supplemented by parking regulations issued by the chancellor, State System of Higher Education, and Clarion University, will be strictly enforced on the Clarion University Campus. Authority for such enforcement rests with the director of public safety.

Vehicles may be immobilized for unpaid tickets. Students who park a vehicle on university property in an area requiring a permit must register with the Department of Public Safety. A valid university parking permit must be hung down from the inside rear-view mirror and clearly be visible from the front and rear of the vehicle when the vehicle is parked in a lot requiring a permit.

The enforcement of parking permit regulations for employee lots, commuter lots, and metered parking shall be from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., prevailing time, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise designated. For more information on parking, visit the parking Website at