News and Events


December 6, 2021

The Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information at Penn State University Libraries now has four models of GPS units available on loan for recreational and research purposes. Penn State researchers, instructors and students are encouraged to consider these units when planning...

December 2, 2021

Penn State University Libraries recently completed development of a new Library Guide to Indigenous Peoples in Pennsylvania History, a collection of resources related to the history of Native Americans in Pennsylvania, including...

December 1, 2021

During finals week, Penn State University Libraries is offering stress-reducing games and activities to help students relax as they study for finals and complete end-of-semester papers and projects. Beginning Dec. 5, the library will remain open weeknights until 2 a.m., while continuing to close...


Dec 8, 3:00 pm

Penn State’s open access policy (AC02) applies to scholarly articles written by University researchers. In this workshop you will learn how to make your articles open and how to get a waiver of the policy if you do not wish to make an article open. Registration is required but free for all student researchers, staff and faculty.

Dec 9, 10:00 am

A general overview of copyright law including practice applying copyright law to research- and course-related scenarios that come up at Penn State; Part 2 of 2.  Registration required but free to all student researchers, staff, and faculty.

Dec 12, 8:00 am to Dec 14, 10:00 pm

Stress-reducing games, activities and snacks to help students relax as they study for finals and complete end-of-semester papers and projects. Offerings and hours of operation vary among Libraries locations.

Jan 24, 6:00 pm to Apr 22, 7:00 pm

Accessing an undergraduate research opportunity can be stressful and unclear. This program is designed to provide the strategies and support students need to become a successful undergraduate researcher at Penn State.

Libraries Newsletter Spring 2021

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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.