News and Events


March 1, 2021
Penn State University Libraries invites creative Penn State students, faculty and staff to submit their best circus-themed creative writing to the short stories “A Night at the Circus”-themed writing contest, open for submissions Monday, March 1, through Friday, April 2
February 26, 2021
The upcoming Data Science community talks at 11 a.m. on March 4 will feature two researchers — one seeking to better understand the sharing of political content on social media, and another investigating how data can be used to improve additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing.
February 18, 2021
Award-winning fiction writer, professor and Penn State alumna Cary Holladay will give a free virtual reading from her works at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 25.


Mar 3, 3:00 pm

An introduction to geospatial data, with information on geospatial software access at Penn State including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS ArcMap, and ArcGIS Pro. A highlight of available online geospatial resources will also be included.  

Mar 3, 3:00 pm

In this session, you will be exposed to numerous data management practices including data management planning, documenting and organizing your data properly, storing and backing-up data, sharing and preserving data, and safeguarding sensitive data.

Mar 3, 4:00 pm

This workshop is intended for people who have completed the Introduction to Copyright series and provides an overview of fair use, followed by discussion, practice questions and a group debrief.

Mar 10, 3:00 pm

An introduction to quantitative research and data analysis methods with a focus on numerical data. Open to all undergraduate students involved in research, no prior experience in data analytics is expected.

Mar 16, 3:00 pm

This workshop will introduce qualitative data analysis methods, their respective benefits and shortcomings, and software tools that facilitate their use in research.

Libraries Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report 2019-2020

Libraries Newsletter Fall 2020

Libraries Fall Newsletter 2020

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.