Penn State University Libraries is the heart of the University - connecting and educating people, building community, and transforming lives through the power of access to information and resources. We provide a user-focused, supportive, and welcoming environment built on our core values of empathy, integrity, inclusiveness, and excellence. We are among the top ten research libraries in North America, and second among U.S. public universities.
We welcome our patrons and staff to participate in Libraries' hosted events — such as an annual Open House, DeStress Fest, Discovery Day, an annual staff picnic, ice cream socials to thank event volunteers, and monthly training programs, to learn more about who we are and what we do.
Diversity and Inclusion
We are an inclusive and welcoming institution, committed to creating an environment of respect and inclusion for students, faculty, staff, and members of the Commonwealth. Libraries' diversity and civility statements serve as our guiding principles for all of our diversity efforts, and follow Penn State's diversity mission. Simply stated, we are a place for everyone.
University Park and the surrounding area of State College and Centre County offer small-town charm with opportunities and amenities found in city settings.
Discover more about Penn State, living in the area, and resources through Penn State Human Resources' Prospective Employee information and from the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC).
Information about working at and living near one of Penn State's many campus library locations across Pennsylvania is available through the Visitors section on each campus website listed on Penn State's Campuses page.
Professional Development and Networking
We make it a priority to connect our employees to the people and information they need to ensure successful experiences, in an environment that supports professional and personal growth. We encourage our staff to participate in the many library-affiliated national organizations and communities, as well as participate in professional development opportunities offered at Penn State. The University Libraries also provides the Buddy Program for new staff and the Faculty Mentoring Program for new faculty.
Established in 2019, the Buddy Program matches newly hired staff employees with established staff members for a period of six months. The program is designed to provide new employees with a point of contact for general questions regarding day-to-day operations, and to help new employees assimilate with the University and the University Libraries by providing access to someone who is familiar with our culture, attitude, and expectations.
This program is coordinated by the Onboarding Oversight Working Group and supported by Libraries Administration.
Faculty Mentoring Program
Established in 2004, the University Libraries Mentoring Program pairs newly hired faculty with more experienced colleagues to assist them with navigating the University Libraries and Penn State, and to help mentees thrive within library and information sciences (LIS) and allied professions. Learning, person-centeredness, professional growth, and psycho-social support are at the heart of our Faculty Mentoring Program.
(Diversity and Inclusion, Professional Development and Networking, and Community photos credit: Penn State)