Give to the Libraries

Give to the Libraries

"Because of the generosity of our supporters, alumni, and friends, we are able to offer a welcome and inclusive environment for collaboration and knowledge creation, while providing high-tech spots for student-centered learning across the Commonwealth – and this is just the beginning!"

- Dean Barbara I. Dewey


Students often refer to the Library as their second home, well for John Patishnock Jr. (’05 COM), he feels more like he grew up in the Library. His parents, Kimlyn and John Sr., have devoted more than a quarter century to the University Libraries and John wanted to honor this legacy in a unique way that would generate new opportunities for students and the Libraries.

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A simple ‘thank you’ for donating to the Textbook Endowment cannot fully convey our gratitude, so we invited our wonderful student patrons to say thank you. Please enjoy the resulting slideshow. We also received dozens of hand-written thank you cards.

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Libraries 2020 Vision for Innovation

"For many years, the University Libraries has held great importance to myself and my family. These spaces across the Commonwealth are more than collections of books—they’re hubs of knowledge, innovation, and comradery that make up the heart of the Penn State experience.”

– Sue Paterno, ’62 Lib

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Around the World Everyday: Global
Reach. Personalized Support

On his way to obtaining a Master’s degree in Penn State’s World Campus USASMA Fellowship program, Richard found Education Librarian Ellysa Cahoy. As he puts it, Ellysa “went out of her way” to help by providing customer service well above and beyond what he expected.

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Opening Doors to Student Success

“Group study spaces are what got me through the hardest semester of college. It has been a very convenient and helpful study space.” –student patron

“I enjoy being able to study, work on my assignments, meet friends and study with them. FREE chargers. It is very beautiful here, and sometimes... I sneak a couple naps!” –student patron

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The Infinite Impact of Collections

“Thank you for donating to the University Libraries. As a doctoral student (and instructor) I make use of library resources almost daily. Penn State has one of the finest libraries in the nation and I’m so grateful to be studying here.” – Shannon S.

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The Textbook Fund:
A Major Game Changer

“Thank you so much for providing us books for classes. It had been an incredibly difficult semester and just having books provided gave me some relief and happiness! Thank you so much – it was a big help to me and many others!” –Meghan, student patron

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A Young Alum's Passion to Give

“University Libraries has always been an important part of my life. I used the Earth and Mineral Sciences Library as a place to decompress and work while I was on campus during my undergraduate and graduate studies. I want to do my small part to ensure that the library is accessible and a nice place to “get away” from our fast-paced lives.” -- Phil Morath, B.S. (2003) and M.S. (2007), Geosciences, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) 

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