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.
CU Libraries' Website
Our website is your gateway to journal and reference databases, online reference services, Internet search engines, online InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request forms. With only a few exceptions, resources are accessible from any location with Internet access.
The Libraries' catalog, which is called PILOT, 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.
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.
Carlson Reference Librarian: +1 814 393 2490
Suhr Reference Librarian: +1 814 393 1242 or +1 814 676 6591 ... extension 1242
InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Requests
Clarion Online faculty and students may use ILLiad to request materials owned by Clarion, as well as items which must be requested from other libraries.
Please note: Shipping of books is provided only to those who do not reside near one of Clarion University's campuses.
Begin your search with Clarion University's Electronic Journals. 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 on-line, use ILLiad to order it.
Journal Article Tips:
- 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.
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 (http://www.palci.org/on-site-borrowing/).
Before visiting one of these libraries, obtain an authorization form from the Carlson Library or Suhr Library circulation desk. 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.
Books shipped Via Priority Mail Through InterLibrary Loan
In an effort to enhance loan service, library staff ships books via "priority mail" to Clarion Online students.
Materials are sent to the address you specify.
You are responsible for return postage and timely return of materials to the University.
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.