Organization at a Glance

Mission

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.

Vision

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 Welcome Message, 2022 - 2023

Faye A. ChadwellFaye A. Chadwell

Dean, University Libraries and Scholarly Communications

 

Welcome back to Penn State. We are excited to see students and faculty at our library locations across the Commonwealth. Because of our strong presence within World Campus, it’s likely you’ll encounter library folks in this sphere as well. Wherever you are in the Penn State global community, we look forward to interacting with you online or via some other means. You need only ASK.

Our new president at Penn State University, Neeli Bendapudi, has emphasized the importance of Penn Staters feeling a sense of belonging. That’s an important objective for us. We aim to provide welcoming spaces that support the need to study in a quiet space without distractions. We also offer the option to reserve a group study room for collaborative projects.

President Bendapudi regularly emphasizes the need to make higher education affordable. We are partnering across the university to advocate for more open and affordable educational resources as a way to decrease the cost of textbooks. We can also support your technology needs through our technology lending programs like this program at University Park.

As a top 10 research library, we have excellent collections to help you be successful in your course of study or pursuit of research. Many library resources (books, journals, databases as well as streaming media) are available for use via whatever device you may elect to use. Our special and distinctive collections house plenty of materials that are unique to Penn State Libraries, many of which are housed in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. We make headway every day to make these materials available across the Commonwealth and beyond through our digital collections.

Our most valuable resource is the people who work at Penn State Libraries. We are here to help you with all kinds of questions about the Libraries or the University. If you need individualized support for research papers or other projects, you can schedule a 1:1 consultation with one of our subject experts to help you explore and use our many print and online resources or to get help you with various research services like managing research data or open access publishing.

Our efforts are fueled by the passion and philanthropy of dedicated supporters of the University Libraries, both alumni and friends. We want to inspire your curiosity and support your discovery and use of the amazing resources we provide to support the range of research, teaching, and learning activities that Penn Staters are pursuing.

Here’s to a productive academic year for all of you and don’t forget that we are here for you.

Faye A. Chadwell
Dean of the University Libraries and Scholarly Communications