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Wilkes-Barre Campus Library Portal

Your guide to the online resources you need as a student at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. PSU 08 classes using remote instruction can use this page to orient new students to campus library offerings.

COVID-19 Status

The Nesbitt Library at Penn State Wilkes-Barre will open on Monday, August 24, 2020. We will be open for modified hours, but will strive to offer as many library services as possible during this time. Please see below for more information on specific library services.

Accessing Books (not on Course Reserve/non-Textbooks)

  • All materials (including those located at Penn State Wilkes-Barre) must be requested for pick up through the “I Want It” button in the Libraries catalog.
  • Students, faculty, and staff will not be able to physically browse collections at any library location. Closing the stacks lets us retain access to HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). This service makes approximately half of the Penn State Libraries print collection available electronically.
  • University Libraries has set a requirement to quarantine materials for 96 hours between uses. Once returned, an item won’t be available for 96 hours.
  • In addition to the materials available through either ETAS or our pickup service, University Libraries offers a robust collection of electronic books, electronic journal articles, streaming video, and more.
  • Interlibrary Loan staff are processing requests as materials become available, dependent upon other libraries’ open status worldwide. Be prepared for longer turnaround times between placing and receiving requests due to reduced staffing, hours, and participation of other lending institutions. Staff also are able to scan portions of physical materials to share electronically, in accordance with copyright law.
  • We’re here to help you navigate these resources and discover what you need -- please contact us!
  • For further information on the our expanded online resources, please visit the Libraries' Remote Resources page.

Course Reserves

Our course reserves service helps make many textbooks and other course materials assigned by instructors available to students through the library, thereby helping to reduce financial burdens and barriers. Many of our students rely on course reserves, but the nature of the public health crisis requires that we make significant changes to this service for the fall semester.

  • This fall, guidelines from University Libraries direct us to enact a 96-hour quarantine period for all returned materials. Once handled by a library user, a book will be unavailable to all other users for 96 hours. This requirement will have a significant impact on the effectiveness of our course reserves service.
  • Additionally, because many students will be participating in online classes from off-campus locations, physical books in the library will be much less useful to them.
  • Further, in the event the University needs to make an abrupt return to fully remote teaching as in the spring, we expect additional limitations to physical library materials would be enacted.


Q. I am a student – how can I find out if I can check out a copy of my textbook from the library?

A. You can call the library at 570-675-9212 or email at Please provide your course name, instructor, and the textbook that you wish to use. We will let you know if the book is available electronically. If not, then we will alert you when the book is available to be picked up at the library.


Q. How can faculty work with the University Libraries to help our students get access to important course materials?

A. Instead of providing access to print textbooks and other course materials for short-term loans in the library, we must seek alternate options including: electronic reserves, library-licensed materials, and open educational resources (OERs). For detailed information about how the University Libraries are working with faculty to provide access to textbooks and other course materials, please visit:

  • Electronic reserves - Guidelines from University Libraries and fair use/copyright law permit us to scan portions of books and journal articles and make them available electronically through our e-reserves system. We can also make e-books, electronic journal articles, and streaming video licensed by the library available through our e-reserves system. (Note: faculty may loan their own copies of materials to the library to facilitate this service, or provide their own scans/images)
  • E-books and other library-licensed materials - In addition to electronic materials already licensed by the library, we can explore new licensing options for materials you’re assigning. However, please be aware that many commercial textbook publishers will not make licenses available to libraries.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) - OERs are openly licensed, freely available course materials. Adopting OERs instead of commercial textbooks, or as a supplement to them, can help ensure your students have free electronic access to important learning materials. Your campus librarians are available for individual consultation about your OER needs.
  • Please contact Jennie Knies ( or John Owens ( at your earliest convenience to discuss options for supporting students’ access to assigned course materials through the library. 

DVDs and Board Games

We will be allowing browsing of our popular book and DVD collections, however, you may also view our current holdings via LibraryThing and contact the library at 570-675-9212 or to confirm availability:
    • DVDs
    • Board Games

Returning Materials

You may always return library materials by using the return slot located on the outside wall of the library building (to the left of the entrance). Please do not return electronics using the book drop, as they can be damaged. Please contact us to make other arrangements at 570-675-9212 or

Assistance, Research Consultations, and Instructional Services

Our librarians are still available to provide assistance remotely! For research assistance, schedule a research consultation. For information literacy instruction services, please contact our Reference and Instruction Librarian, Cameron Nielsen, directly at General questions can be sent to


Students may use the Nesbitt Library during its open hours for individual study or computer use during our open hours. Group study is prohibited in the library during the Fall 2020 semester, and all students, faculty, and staff must adhere to Penn State’s official masking and social distancing guidelines. No food or eating will be allowed in the library, although students may bring beverages to sip, preferably with a straw.

Much specialized software that normally had to be used on a university lab computer can be accessed using a remote connection at Penn State's WebLabs page.