Library Discovery Hour

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"We enact our values through the decisions we make and the actions we take. The value of access, especially access to higher education and access to a public research library’s resources, motivates and energizes me as a library leader. It's clear that this value also motivates and energizes our supporters because of the actions they take. We celebrate their generous philanthropy as it enables Penn State Libraries to reach the highest levels of excellence in our services, collections, and personnel."
- Dean Faye A. Chadwell

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The Library Discovery Hour (LDH) is an exciting program that gives you an inside look at today's Penn State University Libraries, a top 10 research library in North America. These programs offer the opportunity for you to hear from experts and students, while learning more about the University Libraries and its primary priorities:  Community, Collections, and the Commons. This series also showcases how your philanthropy has a positive impact and connects you with other passionate Penn Staters.

Schedule and Recordings

Upcoming in 2024

Head shot of Dean Chadwell with the Collaboration Commons in the backgroundJanuary 30

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
The Dean's Corner
Registration:  TBA







the National Capitol Building on a sunny day with a dark pink banner that reads An Evening in D.C. with The Honorable Barbara H. FranklinMarch 27

Time: TBA
An Evening in D.C. with The Honorable Barbara H. Franklin
Registration:  TBA







  Students 1st! with the Nittany Lion Mascot against a blue and white backgroundNovember

November 9
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
GivingTuesday: Students 1st
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Join us to learn more about GivingTuesday and how you can help the Libraries be #1! On November 28, the Libraries will join over 100 Penn State units to participate in GivingTuesday to promote Student Well-Being and Open Access for Penn State University Press. Tune in for an inside look at these campaigns and see how the Libraries is putting students 1st!





  Mold, Smoke, and Poison text on a dark blue background displaying old books, damaged books, and a cloud of smokeOctober

October 13
Time:  Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Hybrid event (in-person at the Conservation Center at University Park, PA with limited seating)
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Dangerous Books:  Smoke, Mold, and Poison
Come join us for haunting tales of mystery that only occur in a library. There will be smoke, there will be tiny creatures, along with poison potions to thrill one and all. See how the University Libraries deal with all of these and more - on Friday the 13th - if you dare!





SepDrawing Our World Together, Graphic Mundi and The Penn State University Press with an orange round graphic and globe icontember

September 26
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Virtual event
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Drawing Our Worlds Together:  Graphic Mundi and Penn State University Press
Join us to learn more about PSU Press through their Graphic Mundi imprint – graphic novels for adults and young adults that address important topics and research in graphic form. Publisher Kendra Boileau will explain how and why Graphic Mundi came to be, what it takes to create a graphic novel, and learn about some of the challenges and successes of Graphic Mundi so far.





Penn State Alumni Association We Are Weekend postcard with a dark blue background featuring photos from past eventsJune

June 16
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
The Toby and Betty Bruce Collection of Ernest Hemingway:  LIVE!
University Park, PA
Come back for the annual alumni WE ARE weekend and join us in Pattee Library and Paterno Library to view the Toby and Betty Bruce collection of Ernest Hemingway: LIVE! If you attended the March virtual Library Discovery Hour, you won’t want to miss this event! Discover the library as you meet our librarians, tour our beautiful facility and end with a private viewing of the Bruce collection of Ernest Hemingway. If you missed the March LDH event, see the recorded presentation below. This program is part of WE ARE Weekend.





London at night along the Thames with the text Meet Me at the Commons, Penn State Libraries in LondonMay

May 17
Meet Me at The Commons:  The University Libraries in London
British Library, London, England
We'll meet up with Penn Staters abroad for a memorable night at the British Library. Note that this is an in-person, invite-only event.





  A Capitol PresentationApril

An Evening in Penn State's Archives: A Capitol Presentation
Washington, D.C.
Postponed until Spring 2024






postcard of the Toby and Betty Bruce Ernest Hemingway collection written and addressed to Hemingway with black and white photos of the Bruce familyMarch 28

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
The Journey of the Toby and Betty Bruce Collection of Ernest Hemingway
Presenter:  Lexy DeGraffenreid
Lexy deGraffenreid presents her work on the Toby and Betty Bruce collection of Ernest Hemingway. This will give you a behind-the-scenes look into stewarding a collection at Penn State University Libraries.
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Virtual event






Dark blue triangle with light blue and white accents with the words community collections commons on each side on a white background hightlighted with a grey circle around the triangleJanuary

Jan. 31
noon – 1:00 p.m.
Dean Chadwell’s look into the University Libraries, a top 10 research library in North America.
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Contact Gretchen Little at or 814-863-5854 for more information.