About the Library
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The Roger and Peggy Madigan Library, located along Maynard Street, is visible from the Route 180/220 highway. It is situated adjacent to the Alvin C. Bush Campus Center and the Student Administrative Services Center. The Library is a 104,000 square-foot facility which meets the standards of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
The library houses a collection of more than 100,000 items in support of the curriculum, including electronic collections supporting the curriculum of about 45 programs.
The library also has online access to more than 34,000 full text periodicals and books in 85 subscription databases.
- 1,000 seats
- Media facilities
- 60 and 40 Seat Computer laboratories
- 14 group study rooms
- Bookmarks Cafe
- Art Gallery
- Outdoor reading area
- Archives and Special Collections
The services, resources, and programs of the Madigan Library are fundamental to the educational mission of the Pennsylvania College of Technology and to the teaching and learning process. We strive, with the College as a whole, to empower students to become life-long learners who can function independently and collaboratively. Specifically, the mission of the Madigan Library is to support and advance the instructional and research needs of its students, faculty and staff. We do so by building, maintaining, and providing access to collections in all formats, by assisting and instructing our patrons in their use, and by creating a physical environment that enhances the learning process.
Program Specific Collections
- Print volumes: 93,459
- Media volumes: 4,706
- Back issues volumes of periodicals: 9,985
- Print subscriptions: 991
- Database subscriptions: 88
- Online journal titles: 43,505
- Reference volumes: 3,296
- E-books: 17,620
The main library is open 85.5 hours per week during the academic year, including late evening and weekend hours. To get more complete hours for the semester, summer, breaks, and our closures view the Library Hours page.
Food and Drink in the Library
The Madigan Library adheres to a relaxed food and drink guideline allowing users to bring covered drinks and small snacks into the Library. The Library’s food and drink guideline addresses the needs of users, especially those who spend long hours in the building, while recognizing limitations on the amount and type of food and drink allowed. The intent of the Library’s food and drink guideline is to preserve and protect its collections and building from damages, such as attracting insects and rodents, spills near computer equipment, etc.
Permitted Food and Drink
- Food and drink items permitted in the Library include:
- Drinks in spill-proof containers
- Non-messy snack foods, such as candy and pretzels
Non-Permitted Food and Drink
- Food and drink items not permitted in the Library include:
- Fast foods, or foods in liquid, or foods with a strong aroma
- Foods from local food establishments, including but not limited to food from campus dining units. These include "messy" foods such as pizza, subs, soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, desserts, etc.
- Full-course meals
- Eating and drinking near computers and related equipment is not permitted due to the risk of harm to equipment.
Cell Phones and Electronic Equipment in the Library
The Madigan Library is aware of the need to "stay in touch." However, ringing cell phones and personal phone conversations can be distracting and disturbing to others.
Users should go to one of the following "cell phone zones" or exit the Library when using cell phones to either send or receive phone calls.
- Vestibules inside both entrances
- Enclosed stairwells
- Area leading back to (and including) the café
- For both cell phones and beepers, users should activate the non-audible signal function (vibrate) as the alert for incoming calls. Exceptions will be made for staff who are conducting College business, as well as medical personnel who are on-call.
- Users who do not have a non-audible signal function should turn the audible signal down as low as possible.
- Portable audio devices, such as MP3 players, CD players, DVD players, etc., are permitted in the Library as long as they are used with headphones. The volume should be kept to a level that is not disruptive to others. Those using these portable devices may be asked to turn down the volume if it is disturbing to others.
- Computers in the Library may be used to play CDs and DVDs as long as they are used with headphones. As above, the volume should be kept to a level that is not disruptive to others.
- Portable computers are welcome in the Library. When using programs with sound, the sound should be turned off or headphones should be worn.
- Users should go to one of the following "cell phone zones" or exit the Library when using cell phones to either send or receive phone calls.
Children in the Library
- The Madigan Library’s collections and services are specifically designed to meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff. For this reason, visitors age 14 or under must be accompanied by an adult while in the facility, and that adult is responsible for appropriate supervision of such children.
- Children should never be left unsupervised. Parents, guardians, and teachers are responsible for the behavior of children while inside the Library. Because the Library is a teaching environment, disruptive children and their supervising adult may be asked to leave.
- The Madigan Library supports open access to the Internet and, as such, does not utilize filters that would screen materials that may not be appropriate for children. Therefore, unsupervised access to the Internet by children is prohibited.
- If a child is left unattended in the Library, the Penn College Police Department will be notified.
- Access Pennsylvania
- American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
- American Library Association (ALA)
- Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania (ACLCP)
- Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
- Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania (IDS)
- Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA)