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Closing and changes in hours


Friday, December 22 - Monday, January 1 : Both locations will be closed.

Regular hours:

  • Greenfield: Monday-Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM (staffed); Learning Commons at Greenfield is accessible any time the Cooper Building is accessible.
  • James Street (LGH) location: Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-4:00PM

Questions and requests outside of these hours can be submitted using our library forms: 

Please note that the library follows the delayed and closing schedule for Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Database/Resource Trials

No trials are happening at this time. 

Copyright Refresher Information for Faculty

Sign up now for the Seraph Foundation Learning Commons’ annual copyright refresher workshop for all College faculty and staff. In this session, attendees will assess their understanding of copyright as well as review copyright laws, fair use laws, the TEACH Act, and Creative Commons licenses. They will also learn copyright pitfalls to be aware of when sharing their research and scholarship online. Finally, attendees will learn about the College’s copyright policy and open education resources (OERs).

The session will be offered at two different dates and times to accommodate various schedules, and a recording of the session will be made available and accessible to everyone after the live events. The session will take place in Learning Commons Room 1050 on the following dates/times:

  • Monday, November 13, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 15, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The session will utilize Poll Everywhere, so please come with a smartphone or Internet-enabled device.

Please sign up at

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Steffy, Director, Learning Commons.

Library updates

"Taking the Stress out of Finals" Workshop

Help yourself de-stress before finals by reviewing tips and strategies to stay organized and productively prepare for finals. De-stressing can help make a difference in your grades and your health.

Tuesday, December 5, 12:00-1:00PM

Learning Commons Classroom 1050


Learning Commons Gets Silver Star Status

The Learning Commons at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is now a PA Forward Silver Star Library. The Learning Commons has earned silver stars for its work promoting basic literacy and civic and social literacy, two of PA Forward’s five literacies. The Learning Commons will continue to work to achieve the remaining silver stars and then gold star status.

The Learning Commons was awarded a bronze star and quickly followed that up with the two silver stars for specific literacies. Basic literacy is supported by the common book program, which is a college-wide initiative led by the Learning Commons. Civic and social literacy is supported by the Learning Commons hosting “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture,” the traveling exhibit by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

For more information on the Learning Commons’ involvement in PA Forward, visit


One week turnaround time for interlibrary loan and literature search requests​

Please allow one week turnaround time for all interlibrary loan and literature search requests. If your request is for urgent patient care, we will expedite the request. We are working on getting our forms updated to reflect this timeframe.

We do everything we can to process your requests as soon as we received them, however with interlibrary loan we are getting items from other libraries and there may be delays in processing at the other libraries or it may take time to find a library who will send us the items you request. Also, if you are requesting a book, we need to account for the time it takes to receive an item in the mail. Because of shipping time, book requests may take slightly longer than one week from the time you submit the request to the time you have the book in your hands. If you are doing research and cannot wait for interlibrary loan materials, please choose the database options to limit your results to full text resources.

We also make every attempt to process your literature search requests as quickly as possible, but with a small library staff serving PA College and LGH, it can be difficult to process requests within 24 – 48 hours and make sure those searches are thorough and meet your needs. Please note that when librarians perform a literature search for you, we will provide you with a link to research results and a description of how we found results so you can learn how to do these searches. We will narrow our search results as much as possible based on the parameters you describe, but you are ultimately responsible for determining the relevancy of your results and choosing which articles you think are the most relevant. In order to expedite your research process, we encourage you to take a look at our guide to learn how to do literature searches on your own and try that before contacting a librarian; if the library has access to articles, eBooks, and eBook chapters you think will help your research, you can download those items immediately. Here is a link to the guide:

Finally, when making your requests, please keep in mind that the Learning Commons/Health Sciences Library is staffed Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Your requests will be processed during those times. The Health Sciences Library follows the closing schedule of PA College of Health Sciences.

Thank you for keeping this turnaround time in mind when making requests; this will not change the level of service we provide and the speed at which we provide it, but it will help you more adequately plan your research and understand the time constraints for obtaining items and results.

If you or your department would like to schedule a session to learn how to use library resources or if you have any questions about these processes, please contact us at or 717-947-6022.



Common Book Program

This year's common book is Ntleko's Empty Hands. For more information on the Common Book program at PA College, click here. This program supports PA Forward's basic literacy.

New Books!

Click HERE to view all new titles added to the Library's collection in the past 90 days.

PA Forward

The Learning Commons is a proud participant in the Pennsylvania Library Association's PA Forward initiative. 

This initiative focuses on the five literacies that libraries help develop in their patrons:

  • Basic literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Civic and social literacy
  • Health literacy
  • Financial literacy

Our Learning Commons is always working to promote these literacies. We are currently offering programs that support basic literacy and civic and social literacy. For more information, click here.


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