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High Library Updates: Summer 2020

Current Services

Is the High Library open?  Which resources are available right now?  We hope that this overview provides answers to your questions.  Please contact us at if you need more details!


Our building remains closed at this time.  But don’t worry!  You may still access our collections, take advantage of our many services, and consult with our staff.  See below…

Collections Access

As you know, more than 90% of our collections are always available online from any location.  We take pride in providing 24/7 access to e-books, e-journals, streaming audio and video, digital archival items, and lots of full-text content from our 100+ subject-specific databases.  Search across many collections simultaneously by using QuickSearch on our homepage.

We’re also pleased to offer access to our physical collections again!  While our building remains closed, we invite you to use these special services…

Porch Pickups – For checkout of High Library books, DVDs, and physical items

  1. Search for your items in QuickSearch on the library’s homepage.
  2. Click "Sign In" at the top of the search results page.
  3. Sign in with your Etown username and password.
  4. Click the title of the item that you’d like to borrow.
  5. In the “Get It” section, click “Request Item.”
  6. Complete and submit the request form.

When your items are ready for pickup, we’ll send you an email.  The email will include a link to sign up for a 15-minute pickup window.  At your reserved time, bring your Etown ID card to access the library’s front doors to collect your items from the lobby.

To request a loan of a laptop or iPad, please email directly.

Scanning Requests – For access to High Library book chapters and print journal articles

  1. Search for your items in QuickSearch on the library’s homepage.
  2. Click "Sign In" at the top of the search results page.
  3. Sign in with your Etown username and password.
  4. Click the title of the book, journal, or article that you’d like us to scan.
  5. In the “Get It” section, click “Request a Chapter Scan” or “Request an Article Scan.”
  6. Add the chapter/article details and submit the request form.  Please be specific!

For article scans, you may be prompted to log into ILLiad to complete your requests.  Just follow the instructions on each screen, and contact us at if you get stuck.  We’ll then email all scans to you as soon as we complete them.  Please note that we’re following the guidelines of fair use and controlled digital lending for this service.

Course Reserves for Faculty

We encourage you to select electronic versions of titles whenever possible for your course reserves this fall.  Please feel free to work with Sarah Penniman, Director, and Tom Zaharevich, Collection Development Librarian, as you start to identify your necessary resources.

Friends of High Library

Please email your checkout requests to, or call 717-361-1222 to leave a voicemail.  Your message should include your name, phone number, and the titles and call numbers of your requested items.  When your items are ready, we’ll contact you to arrange a Porch Pickup!

Hess Archives

As always, the Hess Archives offers lots of searchable digital collections, including the College’s yearbooks, student newspaper, and historical photographs.  While our physical archival collections remain inaccessible at this time, we hope to make them available again in mid-August.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, Archivist, with any research or course-planning questions.

Information Literacy Instruction

We invite faculty to reach out to Josh Cohen, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, and Jennifer Strain, Instruction and Scholarly Communications Librarian, to schedule information literacy instruction sessions and workshops for the fall!  Visit our Information Literacy page to learn more about the program and its goals, and to view sample topics covered in first-year and upper-division courses.

Interlibrary Loan

This spring, many of you requested journal articles, book chapters, and other resources that we were able to borrow and deliver electronically.  We’re now accepting your borrowing requests for books and physical items again!  If you need materials for your summer research that the High Library doesn’t own, please feel free to submit all interlibrary loan requests as usual.  As many regional libraries are in various stages of re-opening, we may still experience small delivery delays.  When your items arrive, we’ll share a link so that you may sign up for a Porch Pickup to retrieve your loans.

Research Help

Feel free to connect with us for your research needs this summer!

  • Email your research and citation questions to
  • Text us at 717-759-9178.
  • Contact a librarian directly.  Visit our About Us page for our staff directory.

Check out our Getting Started research guide for a step-by-step overview of the research process as well as tips for locating specific types of sources.  This guide also offers hints for search strategies, source evaluation, and citation.

Our department-specific research guides recommend key resources for tackling research assignments within your major.


Students: Thank you again for working with us to return your Spring 2020 library items!  Please continue to follow the plan that Clarissa Grunwald, Circulation Assistant, outlined with you.  If you decide that you’d like to keep any current checkouts beyond August 24, simply email to request additional time.

Faculty, Staff, Friends, and Community Borrowers: We’re recommending two return options for your High Library items and interlibrary loans at this time…

Option #1 (recommended): Continue to hold onto your current checkouts until the fall semester begins.  We’ve extended all due dates of our library’s items to August 24, and we’re actively working with lending libraries to continue to renew your interlibrary loans.  If you have any concerns about your items’ due dates, please email

Option #2: If you absolutely need to return your items, email to request a 15-minute Porch Pickup timeslot.  We have a returns bin in the library’s lobby that you’re welcome to use.

Suggestions for Purchase

Please continue to submit your recommendations for additions to the High Library’s collections.  You may also send your suggestions directly to Tom Zaharevich.

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