University Libraries collects and makes accessible materials that meet the teaching and research needs of the University. Penn State University Libraries' collections include vast numbers of print volumes, online resources, films in DVD and streaming formats, maps, and archival materials.
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University Libraries has collections covering a wide range of disciplines. The Libraries have focused on building strong collections in Pennsylvania-related topics such as Anabaptist, Amish, Quaker, and Mennonite religions, German Americana, history of the Civil War, mining, nuclear power, mycology and Mushroom production, Chocolate and Cocoa, and Agriculture. In addition to collections with a Pennsylvania focus, the Libraries also has prominent collections in the history of Art Education, history of labor and industry, and popular culture. The collections are curated by librarians with expertise in their given subject areas, and they monitor publishing trends and collaborate with colleagues external to Penn State to build our collections.
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The University Libraries' Digital Collections cover a wide range of subject areas, including agriculture, the Civil War era, geology and geography of Pennsylvania, labor history, Pennsylvania history, Penn State history, and political activism. Many of these collections were digitized from holdings in the Special Collections Library.
Special Collections Library
The Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State, located in Paterno Library at University Park, is home to more than 200,000 printed volumes, more than 25 million archival records and manuscripts, and another million photographs, maps, prints, and audio-visual items. We offer primary source materials for a diverse community of researchers, who range from K-12 and Penn State students, as well as scholars around the world. We collect a variety of subject disciplines, a sampling of which includes Utopian literature, science fiction, labor organization and representation, and local Centre County history. We are also home to Penn State University Archives.
Donor support is critical to the sustainability and growth of our impressive collections. By making a gift to University Libraries, you help to ensure our mission to inspire intellectual discovery and learning through robust information resources and academic collaborations. Your gift demonstrates commitment to our future and to our leadership in the delivery and preservation of library collections, and will continue to give for generations to come.