Message from the Dean

Barbara I. Dewey

WELCOME to the University Libraries, the heart of Penn State. We are a place for everyone — whether you are a Penn State student, a faculty member, a citizen of Pennsylvania, or a visiting scholar — at each of our library locations at Penn State around the Commonwealth, and online for our students and faculty online or abroad.

Our mission is to connect everyone to the world of knowledge and new ideas, and we are delivering on that mission in exciting new ways.

As your window on the world's scholarship, the Libraries’ resources and services will help you navigate through information and serve as your base to pursue a wide array of intellectual, social, and cultural adventures.

Our innovative global partnership with Short Edition of Grenoble, France, has brought short story dispensers to Penn State, the company’s first university and library partnership worldwide. We are expanding this effort to advance the arts and humanities at Penn State through Short Edition’s first English-language online platform. Soon, all Penn State students and employees can submit creative writing for sharing on short story dispensers at Penn State and others worldwide. Readers also can visit the online site to share their reactions with authors, fostering a global conversation about creative expression.

We seek input from our students regularly; they tell us they visit our spaces to be productive with their academic pursuits, whether individually or in collaborative settings. We have developed a single online website for students to reserve group study rooms at any of our locations. Students at several campuses can reserve a room in just a few short steps — and we continue to add more campuses to this new reservation system.

At the University Park campus, we offer a 24-hour service weekdays at the Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons in Pattee Library, supported with technology, writing and research consultation peer-to-peer help in a new student-centered location called the Search Bar. Pattee Library also hosts a Media Commons, circulating laptops, textbooks and educational resources on reserve, and a central University Park location to pick up 3-D prints from the Maker Commons, which serves the entire University. Delivery of 3-D prints is supported by the same operations infrastructure that also supports our floating book collection — both services available for pickup at all Penn State campuses at each library’s main desk.

Students and faculty using the Canvas course management system for their classes also can connect with us and our online resources, including expert-curated subject guides, through the “Library Resources” tab. Increasingly, our librarians are embedding with courses, too, partnering with instructors to support the academic experience.

We offer superior expertise, collections, services, technologies, and other resources to meet our visitors’ needs throughout their knowledge journeys, at one of our 36 libraries or virtually, 24/7, from home, office, or the other side of the world. We are here — in person, on location, and online — and happy to help everyone succeed!


Barbara I. Dewey

Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications