News and Events


May 14, 2021
Penn State University Libraries and the Schreyer Honors College recognized the 10th annual finalist presentations and winner of the recently endowed Robert F. Guentter Jr. Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award on May 6, immediately following the three finalists’ remote presentations. Finalists...
May 12, 2021
“Fem-Fusion: Visual Art + the Written Word,” an art exhibit in the spirit of Words of Art — an online collection of audio poems in response to artwork (ekphrastic poetry) by Nicole Miyashiro, is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book as an interdisciplinary exploration and supplement to...
May 7, 2021
Summer hours at Penn State University Libraries’ locations University-wide begin Monday, May 10. On the University Park campus, most operating hours will be similar to mid- to late spring semester hours, with minor exceptions at two locations. Pattee Library and Paterno Library will open its doors...


Aug 11, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
A discussion with "The Shape of Difficulty: A Fan Letter to Unruly Objects" author Bret L. Rothstein and Penn State University Press editor Eleanor Goodman. Read the book in advance for additional context, however, it is not required to enjoy and engage in the conversation.

Libraries Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report 2019-2020

Libraries Newsletter Spring 2021

Cover - Spring 2021 Libraries Newsletter

Digital Projects and Exhibits

Earth ArchivesEarth Archives: Stories of Human Impact
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in April of 1970, this exhibition explores the intersection of the environment, human activity, and the documentary record.

Cast in SteelBeneath the Surface and Cast in Steel: Forging the American Industrial Union Movement
This digital project provides researchers unprecedented access to Penn State’s extensive collection of primary sources related to the history of industrial unionism in the United States. 


International Solidarity
International Solidarity: Highlights from the Ken Lawrence Collection
The exhibition explores the visual culture of political protest in the late 20th-century.

Protesters - Old MainPenn State Education Activism Archive
Using primary sources from Special Collections, students in Professor Steudeman’s Contemporary American Rhetoric: Educational Activism in the United States (CAS 478) class created The Penn State Educational Activism Archive, which aims to complicate and expand our historical knowledge of student and faculty activism at Penn State University.

Indigenous Roots/RoutesIndigenous Roots/Routes
This student-produced digital media project was created as part of the Public Humanities Fellows Program at the Humanities Institute at Penn State and expands on the Indigenous Roots/Routes exhibition, which encompasses a wide swath of history, geographic range, and varied Indigenous people and cultures and explores the processes of social, religious, and political adaptation.

Penn State ADACelebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State
A digital exhibition that explores the first 100 years of national disability rights and movements and their impact on the Penn State University community, including resources to proactively learn and influence future efforts.