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Register with the Libraries

Registering with the PSU Libraries

All faculty and staff officially affiliated with Penn State and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are permitted to register with the PSU Libraries. Faculty and staff are eligible for Penn State IDs that will serve as library cards. Penn State IDs are available at any Penn State campus ID office. Penn State faculty and staff can complete their library registration immediately after activating their Penn State Access Accounts.

Check the status of your account at:

Volunteers who are Pennsylvania state residents having proper ID (PA drivers license or state ID) with current address can be issued a Resident Borrowers card by the Libraries. Pennsylvania state residents may register at any Penn State University Library. Resident Borrowers who also register online for a Friends of Penn State user account ( ) may view their PSU Libraries borrowing account information and renew borrowed items online.

Borrow, Delivery, Return


For items you find through library resources, simply click "I Want It", "Request", or "Get It!" buttons to submit requests.

You must have both a My Library Account and an ILLiad account

You need to keep a current address in both accounts, and specify World Campus as the pick up location.

  • Books will be sent via UPS to the address in your account but will not be shipped outside North America.
  • Articles will be scanned and delivered to you in your ILLiad account.
  • You can sign up for UPS My Choice® to track UPS shipment.
  • You can return the item on site at any PSU Library or by mail.
  • A return mailing label will be included with the item.
  • You are responsible for the shipping costs and for returning borrowed materials by the due date.
  • You are responsible for any damage, so please wrap the items securely
  • Return items to:

Interlibrary Loan
127 Paterno Library, Curtin Rd.
University Park, PA 16802

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Access Troubleshooting

Quick fix for when you can't get to an article:

Try forcing the authentication protocol.  

Put    immediately in front of the url in your browser's address bar.
where you replace with the url to your resource
NOTE: Make sure there are no spaces in the url!

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Most library resources do not require the VPN (Virtual Private Network) for off-campus access, however you can try logging in through the VPN if the options above are not successful or if help isn't available.

  1. Download and install the VPN by logging into and opening "Connecting to Penn State".
  2. Choose the appropriate VPN for your operating system and follow the installation instructions.
  3. When logging in using the VPN, select LIAS VPN from the list of options.
Want to use Google Scholar to find articles?
  1. Create an account in google scholar, and sign into it when searching for articles
  2. In your account settings, select "Library Links"
  3. Type "Pennsylvania State University" in the search box
  4. Select both "Pennsylvania State University - Get It! @ Penn State" and "Open WorldCat-Library Search". and click "SAVE"

This will allow Google Scholar to cross-check some of our subscriptions and give you full-text access with your PSU log-in.

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