The Periodicals Department receives around 250 current print journals, magazines, and newspapers which are available in the basement periodicals area. Newspapers, large format magazines, and journals can be found in the front section of the periodicals area. The most current issue of each newspaper is located on the first floor near the coffee shop. The library does have some titles on microfilm and microfiche and others are bound and located in the basement.

You may search for a title or browse our titles using the search options below. In addition to print subscriptions, the library also has access to more than 100,000 journals, magazine, and newspapers in online format. The Periodicals Librarian can assist patrons with searching databases for needed articles, search the stacks for print issues, or with using the microfilm equipment in the periodicals area.

Online Journals and Articles

Many of the library’s periodicals are available online and articles may be downloaded, printed, or emailed. To find a specific title or browse alphabetically or by broad subject, please see the search options at the right. To search for a specific subject, please see the Summon search box below or access an individual database directly at . For other guidance on search strategy and doing a database search, please consult this Beginner’s LibGuide. Articles that you cannot access through PSU Library Services in print or online form you may request on interlibrary loan. For help with using Summon, click here for our Summon Tutorial

Checking Out Journals

Faculty may check out periodicals for 3 weeks. All other use is restricted to Library use only.

Microform Readers and Printers

Microfilm, microfiche readers, and reader/printers are located in the basement of Leonard H. Axe Library. There is no cost to read microfilm or microfiche, but you must use a Banana Bucks Card to pay for printouts on these machines. The cost is ten cents per page. Banana Bucks Cards may be purchased at the Card Value Center machine located near the Reference Service desk.

You may also email a scan as a file attachment. Please ask for assistance in Periodicals or Reference when using this machine.

Photocopying & Scanning services

Patrons may use photocopy machines to make copies of journal articles and other items in the Basement or on the 1st floor. The cost is ten cents per page, using a Banana Bucks Card. The Card Value Center can be used to add money or students can add money online.

Patrons may utilize the scanner located on the 1st Floor near the copy machine to scan journal articles and other items. After scanning, documents may be emailed, uploaded to a flash drive, or uploaded to a smart phone via QR code. There is no cost to scan, but if you need to print out the scan, the cost is the same as any other printout.