Libraries 2020 News


We're Open for Business!

Our new Collaboration Commons, Central Atrium, and Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Garden Terrace are now open! Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing the vision to reality - come see how we have expanded our collaborative spaces, group study rooms and overall movement through the library. Read the news release:

August 12, 2019
Two Weeks to Go!

We are putting the finishing touches on our new Collaboration Commons, Central Atrium, and West Pattee Terrace, and Fraser Road has been re-opened to traffic. The new spaces will be open for student use at 4:00 pm on August 22, 2019. Browse our gallery of images to view progress from the beginning of construction through today.

July 2019
Countdown to Fall Semester

We recently conducted the final weekly 'Behind-the-Tape' construction tours through the future Central Atrium, Collaboration Commons, and the West Pattee Terrace. Since the first tour in February, nearly 300 guests visited the new spaces. We're on schedule to open the renovated spaces for Fall 2019 semester - it's exciting to see everything come together as furniture is placed, interactive video walls are installed, green walls are being planted, walkways are poured for the terrace, etc.

February 7, 2019
Behind-the-Tape Construction Tours

Please join us for a first look at one of the most trans formative and highly anticipated projects in the history of the Penn State University Libraries. Book a Friday tour to see the latest progress on our three construction projects - Collaboration Commons, Central Atrium and the West Pattee Terrace. Fridays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, February through June 2019. RSVP to More info: Library Construction Tours

January 12, 2019
Central Atrium Beam Signing

Have you ever wanted to leave your mark on a part of the Libraries? Join us for a beam-signing event in the new Central Atrium on January 12, 2019. For more information and to RSVP, call the Libraries Development Office at 814-865-2258. And stop off at the "student engagement wall" for a digital display of ongoing construction images. The student engagement wall is located on the 1st Floor of Central Pattee.


November 29, 2018
Student Engagement Wall

Construction is on schedule for the Collaboration Commons and Central Atrium. In order to keep our users informed, the Libraries and Alexander Construction have installed a "student engagement wall" featuring proposed design renderings of the new spaces and a digital display ongoing construction images and information. The student engagement wall is located on the 1st Floor of Central Pattee.


September 25, 2018
MacKinnons Lounge New Furniture

Check out the new furniture in MacKinnons Lounge on the first floor of Paterno (adjacent to Starbucks). While you’re there, read a newspaper or browse the New Books shelf for some easy reading between classes.


September 17, 2018
Detour Between Central and West Pattee

The hallway connecting Central and West Pattee on the 1st floor has been closed for construction of the Central Atrium. Use the Leisure Reading Room to move between Central and West Pattee; detour signs have been placed at both ends of the hallway.


September 14, 2018
Pattee Library Renovation to Expand Student Study, Collaboration Spaces

Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning approved a plan Thursday (Sept. 13) that will help to expand space at Pattee Library for student studying and collaboration on the University Park campus. The $17.3 million renovation and infill expansion of Pattee Library will increase student group-study and collaboration spaces, and improve overall accessibility across west and central Pattee Library floors and between Pattee Library and Paterno Library. The plan was approved by the full board on September 14, 2018.


September 12, 2018
“An Addams Family Holiday” Now in MacKinnon’s Lounge

“An Addams Family Holiday,” a 1952 mural by American cartoonist Charles Addams, is now on display in the newly renovated and renamed MacKinnon’s Lounge, on the first floor of Paterno Library on Penn State’s University Park campus. MacKinnon’s Lounge houses current editions of newspapers and news magazines from around the world. It is adjacent to the Libraries’ new Starbucks cafe, and is open 24/5 during Pattee Library and Paterno Library’s normal operating hours.


August 27, 2018
New Starbucks location opens at Paterno Library

A new Starbucks store has opened at Pattee Library and Paterno Library at Penn State University Park.

Owned and operated by Penn State Auxiliary and Business Services, the licensed Starbucks store is located on the first floor of the Paterno Library, off Curtin Road. It is the second full-sized Starbucks on campus, joining the store at the HUB-Robeson Center.


August 20, 2018
New Student Study Spaces

Newspapers and newly expanded study space and groups study rooms are now available in 128 Paterno adjacent to Starbucks.


May 7, 2018
Ground Floor West Pattee Closed

Ground Floor West Pattee is now closed to the public. Microforms have moved to their new, permanent location on 2nd Floor Paterno while Newspapers have been moved of being moved to the Leisure Reading Room for the summer.


January 30, 2018
Design Approval

The overall design for Libraries 2020 has been approved by the Penn State Project Design Review Board (PDRB).


January 10, 2018
Program Validation and Schematic Design Completed

Program validation and schematic design for Libraries 2020 have been completed. Assuming approval at the January 30, 2018 Project Design Review Board (PDRB), courtyard excavations and structure work are expected to start in May 2018. With this start date, the most disruptive work will be completed during the summer months when fewer students are on campus.

Current Projects

Central Atrium

Collaboration Commons

West Pattee Terrace