Organization at a Glance


The University Libraries inspire intellectual discovery and learning through robust information resources and academic collaborations in teaching and research that connect the Penn State community and citizens of Pennsylvania to the world of knowledge and new ideas.


We are a world-class research library with a global reach, providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for learning, collaboration, and knowledge creation. As partners in research and education, and leaders in delivery and preservation of library collections, we will leverage technology and reward innovation to ensure the University Libraries are a destination of choice.


Dean's Message

Diane Zabel​WELCOME to the University Libraries, the heart of Penn State University. It is my honor to serve as Interim Dean while we wait for the arrival of incoming dean Faye Chadwell on March 1, 2021. News about this change of leadership.

The Libraries’ mission is to support teaching, research, service, and outreach. Our goal is to advance intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning. The University Libraries are committed to diversity and inclusion in all its forms, from increasing diversity of our collections to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all users (The University Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Commitment Statement). One of the University Libraries’ priorities is to fill gaps in existing collections. Thanks to the generosity of donors who contributed to Penn State’s 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign, the University Libraries was able to acquire an important online resource, “African Diaspora 1860 – Present.” Learn more about this important purchase .

The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association of Research Libraries’ investment rankings. We are one library geographically dispersed. More than 500 full-time faculty librarians and staff members provide services at University Park, 22 other campus locations, and online. While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to service and space adjustments, a wide range of remote services and online resources are available to support the Penn State community (COVID 19 updates and information). We are here to help you!

We invite Penn State graduates to take the University Libraries with them through the Alumni Library Online. Through this partnership with the Penn State Alumni Association, association members can access news about library developments, a selection of online databases, and Penn State Libraries’ digitized collections (which range from the Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspaper Collection to La Vie Online).

If you are using the University Libraries for the first time, or are one of our many repeat users, we hope that you will find our resources to be vast. Do not hesitate to reach out to any of our approachable, friendly, and knowledgeable library employees for assistance.

Diane Zabel
Interim Dean, University Libraries and Scholarly Communications