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PSU1 Abington Library Orientation

Introduction to the Penn State Abington University Libraries: resources, services, and spaces

Using PSU Abington Library

As you saw from the Virtual Tour, Penn State Abington Library is located in the Woodland Building that has spaces, books, and librarians to assist you with your research. If you're going to be on campus, you will need to know how to:

  • Reserve a study space
  • Check out and order items
  • Get Research Help from a librarian

Reserve a Study Space

Although Penn State Abington Library has three floors, due to Covid-19 seating in the library is limited to the First level only and all seats must be reserved.  Desktop computer availability has been significantly reduced to adhere to social distancing guidelines, but we do have individual seating available for personal laptop use. Please bring your own headphones.  Reserve your seat in the library up to seven days advance if you need a place to study, or need to hop on a zoom class while on campus.

Screenshot of Abington Library Study Space Webpage

Order Items and Pick them Up

Penn State Libraries has over 9 million books, e-books, videos, and other items available to you. Nearly anything can be sent to Penn State Abington from other Penn State Libraries across the Commonwealth.

In order to provide for safe borrowing of materials, all materials must be requested for pick up through the “I Want It” button in the Libraries catalog. We will check out the materials for you and they can be picked up at the library circulation desk.

You'll need to bring your student ID to pick them up.

If you need assistance ordering or picking up books, email the Penn State Abington Librarians for assistance.

Students, faculty, and staff will not be able to physically browse collections at any library location. While keeping surfaces clean, closing the stacks also lets us retain access to HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).

Get Research Help from a Librarian

Penn State Abington has four librarians available for research consultations. You can email us directly or fill out this Research Consultation Form and one of us will be in touch shortly.

Headshots of 4 Abington Librarians

Paula Smith: Interim Head Librarian | pms20@psu.edu

Katie Odhner: Reference and Instruction Librarian | kzo5154@psu.edu

Christina Riehman-Murphy: Reference and Instruction Librarian | cer20@psu.edu

Brendan Johnson: Outreach and Engagement Librarian | blj5175@psu.edu