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Closing and changes in hours

No anticipated upcoming changes at this time.  Please note that the library follows the delayed and closing schedule for Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.


Spring break: Both library locations are open and staffed normal hours over Spring break.


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: 

Research party!

You are invited to a research party!

Working on a paper?  Looking for credible information for an assignment?  Have questions about APA? Want assistance with writing? 

English faculty and Learning Commons staff will be available to work with you and your classmates on things like research, citations, and writing.  No need to sign-up.  Just stop by with your assignment and join the festivities.

  • Monday, April 2, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm in Learning Commons 1050
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 2:00-4:00pm in Classroom 1100

 If you have any questions, please contact Amy Snyder, Education Librarian, at


Research party with technology and party supplies


Library updates

Learning Commons Gets Silver Star Status - update

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, civic and social literacy, information literacy, and health literacy, four of PA Forward’s five literacies. The Learning Commons will continue to work to achieve the remaining silver star 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. 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.


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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