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For Clarion Online Students

Attending Clarion Online may be the most convenient - and sometimes, the only - option available to further your education.   The Libraries' faculty and staff are committed to helping all Clarion University students attain their academic goals. Distance Education students are no exception! 

The Library staff is committed to responding to your requests in a timely manner. While online technology makes many resources available in a very short time, Library staff sometimes need to send materials by mail or contact other libraries for the materials you need. To insure that materials reach you in time to support your projects, please request resources as soon as possible.

Call the Clarion University Libraries...Toll-Free!

+1 866 272 5612, Then Press # 5 for Library

Each time you contact the Libraries, please identify yourself as a Clarion Online student. You will be asked to provide contact information so that resources may be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to you.

Introduction To CU Libraries video

Take a few minutes to learn about the library services available to online students and how to access them.

Clarion online library guide (libGuide)

For more information about library services for Clarion Online, please visit our LibGuide and also see the other guides that are available.

CU Libraries' Website

Our website is your gateway to journal and reference databases, online reference services, Internet search engines, and online InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request forms. With only a few exceptions, resources are accessible from any location with Internet access.

Libraries' Catalog

The Libraries' catalog, which is called Primo, is the best way to check for the availability of books, journals, and other materials in the Clarion collection. The catalog also provides links to many Internet resources and detailed holdings information for journal titles.


Journals and magazine articles can be found through the Databases A-Z list. Be sure to review instructions for remote log in from off-campus computers!

Need Help Using The Library? 


Many tutorials about using the Clarion Libraries are available.


Use LibAnswers (sometimes called, "Ask-a-Librarian") to find an answer or ask new questions of the Clarion University Libraries. Reference and Information Services faculty and staff will be pleased to assist with brief reference requests or provide counsel on appropriate resources for projects. Responses are usually posted within 24 hours.


Reference and Research Help: +1 814 393 2490

Suhr Library: +1 814 393 1242    or   +1 814 676 6591 ... extension 1242

Clarion Online faculty and students may use ILLiad to request materials owned by Clarion.

Clarion Online faculty and students may use ILLiad, or EZBorrow to request items from other libraries.

Please note: Shipping of books is provided only to those who do not reside near one of Clarion University's campuses.

Journal Articles

Begin your search with Clarion University's EBSCO Discovery Search. Here, you may find that the article is available in one of the full-text databases to which we subscribe.

If the article is not available online, use ILLiad to order it.

Tips for requesting that an article be sent to you using ILLiad: 
  • Make sure ILLiad request forms are completed as accurately and completely as possible.
    If staff needs to verify the bibliographic information - or even your address - the process will take longer.
  • When you register in ILLiad, provide your CU e-mail address.
    If we need to e-mail information you, the University system is better equipped to handle large messages - like articles - than many commercial accounts.
  • Be sure to keep your campus e-mail account "cleared" to ensure that articles sent to you are not rejected because of limited file space. Most of the time, however, articles will be delivered to you through the ILLiad software.
  • Request needed materials as early as possible.
    Clarion's Interlibrary Loan staff usually processes requests on the day received but turnaround time for filled requests varies considerably. Time frames depend on how readily available materials are elsewhere and the overall request volume at the lending library.

OCLC badgeThe Clarion University Libraries are proud to be part of OCLC's Express digital delivery program. We are committed to consistently delivering digital resources to users within 18 hours or less. As a member, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to service, be an exemplary supplier of digital resources, and consistently meet or exceed delivery expectations.

PALCI (many libraries are closed to outside users, please call first)

Clarion University participates in the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) which permits students to borrow materials directly from other academic libraries. The complete list of participating libraries in the consortium is available here ( An authorization form is required.

Before visiting one of these libraries, contact ILL or Circulation (or call toll-free) to get a copy of the authorization form emailed to you. Present the completed form and your University ID to the PALCI member library when borrowing items.  You are responsible for returning all materials to the lending library by the assigned due date.

Interlibrary Loan Materials will be shipped to Clarion online Students/Distance Education Faculty Via UPS

Materials are sent to the address you specify.

As part of a pilot project, the Interlibrary Loan Department will be providing a Pre-paid Returns UPS address label to all Clarion Online students.  If a UPS drop off location is conveniently located near you, return the item using the UPS label with no additional cost to you.

If using UPS causes a hardship, you are more than welcome to return the package using any delivery service, including priority mail, regular mail, or media mail.  The price of returns through the postal service will be your (the borrower's) responsibility.


Materials Not Available Through InterLibrary Loan

Occasionally, the Clarion Libraries are unable to fill your request. Each library determines its own lending policies. For example: reference books, media, and dissertations are usually unavailable for loan. Other restrictions may also apply.

If the Interlibrary Loan Department cannot fill your request, you will be notified as soon as possible through ILLiad or EZBorrow.




Last Updated 8/25/21