Services Available to Students

Library Services

Please note that Library Services and IT Services have become different departments. The information on this page will be changing in the coming weeks.

How to contact the Library

Email or call 814-332-4312.

Physical Space

Although many of our services will be available (see below), Pelletier Library hours are currently reduced as we reopen gradually. There is one exception- classes held in the building. Students coming to the building for a class will be permitted to enter, via card access, up to 15 minutes prior to class, regardless of other restrictions on building access.

Pelletier will open with a phased approach. Students in the building 2 hours or less will be expected to adhere to physical distancing standards, i.e., at least 6 feet of space between students. For students in the building over 2 hours, it is suggested that you allow 10 feet of distance between yourself and others. Face covering standards are also in accordance with the general campus requirements.

Group Study Rooms

Students can reserve group study rooms in Pelletier during library hours so study or project groups can plan ahead. All present in group study rooms are expected to adhere to physical distancing and face covering standards. Read more about how to Reserve a Group Study Room.

Study Cubicles

At this time, cubicle reservations are not being accepted. Cubicles are available for use during library hours on a first-come, first-served basis, provided physical distancing and face covering requirements are observed.

Please do not leave personal items in cubicles overnight. All library materials found in cubicles will be quarantined and will not be available until after the quarantine period.

Internet Access

Student Network

Allegheny College now offers a new network specifically for students–Allegheny Students. We encourage students to connect all devices to the student network.

Pelletier Library Open Hours

  • Winter Break (December 16-January 17:
    M-F 8 am – 5 pm
    Sat-Sun Closed
    December 23: 8 am – noon
    Closed December 24-January 2

The library is open during these hours to resident students and local commuter students of the College, as well as College employees, provided they have completed the required COVID-19 testing protocols and observe appropriate precautions regarding face coverings and physical distancing.

NOTE: These hours are subject to change in accordance with guidelines from the Allegheny College Health Agency and state and federal agencies.

Library Materials and Equipment

Physical Materials (books, DVDs)

Book loans are permitted. If the book is in a section of Pelletier that is open, you may retrieve it yourself and bring it to the Library Services desk for checkout. If the book is in a section of Pelletier that is not open, contact Library Services. Books can only be returned through the Bookdrop outside the north doors. We are quarantining all returned materials. Please understand your items will be checked in after the quarantine period.

Course Reserves

Reading materials and media required for your courses are sometimes placed on course reserve by faculty members. Students can check physical materials out at the Library Services desk for a short-term loan; some materials are available as ebooks or streaming media. Here is a list of materials currently on course reserve; this list changes as instructors add or remove items.

Electronic Materials

Pelletier Library continues to expand access to a variety of electronic materials, like ebooks, articles and databases. The Library’s homepage is a good place to start researching. Please contact Library Services for additional help.

Interlibrary Loan

Since Interlibrary Loan is dependent on other institutions’ libraries and their ability to process requests, ILLiad is open for article requests. EZBorrow should be used for books.

In-house Use Chromebooks

LITS has provided a limited number of Chromebooks for in-house use. These can be used by any Allegheny College student for up to three hours. These Chromebooks are for use only within Pelletier Library, and must be returned before the library closes. To request an in-house Chromebook, please come to the Library Services desk in Pelletier during regular library hours. Allegheny College ID, username, and password are required for access to the Chromebooks.

Equipment (projectors, audio recorders, etc.)

There will be no equipment loans this semester without faculty approval. If an item is needed to fulfill a class assignment, the faculty member should contact Library Services.

We are quarantining all returned materials. Please understand that items will be checked in after the quarantine period.

Research Help

Three librarians are available to help you research. They can help you narrow a topic for a paper, find scholarly sources, search more efficiently, and navigate the complexities of academic research. Don’t just Google information; let us help you assess sources to save you frustration and time.

Wrecking Ball Café

The Café is closed until further notice.

Merrick Archives

The reading room for the Merrick Archives and Special Collections will be available for research during reopening by appointment only in order to ensure physical distancing and time to pull materials for use.

Special Collections

Materials from Special Collections will be available by appointment. Email Jane Westenfeld for assistance or help with materials in Special Collections.