News and Events


July 30, 2020
Penn State University Libraries will begin offering Penn State students, faculty and staff at the University Park campus the ability to pick up select materials available for checkout beginning Aug. 3 outside its Paterno Library entrance on Curtin Road. Nonaffiliated Pennsylvania residents and...
July 29, 2020
Digital badges are a way for Penn State students to earn recognition for skills and knowledge gained through self-paced achievements. Through the University Libraries’ digital badge program, instructors can partner with the Libraries to offer badges on 10 different information literacy topics for...
July 24, 2020
When Penn State University Libraries hosts its third virtual Trivia Night on Zoom on Aug. 14, participants will face a history test. The evening’s questions all will be related to Penn State historical markers.


Aug 14, 7:00 pm

The third Libraries Trivia Night topic highlights historical markers, located throughout campuses across the Commonwealth. University Archivist Angel Diaz will help emcee the evening. Please register in advance for the Zoom event, 7-8 p.m.

Aug 20, 12:00 pm

 The University Libraries introduces its inaugural Libraries Lunch Book Club with a discussion and Q&A with "The Hidden Life of Life" author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. 

Libraries Newsletter Spring 2020

Cover - Spring 2020 Newsleetter


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.