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Styron book cover

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English James L.W. West III guest-curates this new exhibit in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. West is a scholarly expert on and biographer of Styron and his works, as well as donor of the collection from which the exhibition was curated. Styron, one of the most prominent writers of his generation, authored Lie Down in Darkness,The Long March, Set This House on Fire, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice and Darkness Visible. During his career Styron won the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, the National Book Award, and the Legion of Honor. 

The exhibit is on display in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library,  104 Paterno Library, University Park, through Jan. 7, 2018.


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The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B. & H. Henisch Photo-History Collection

antique photo case with overpainted photo of a woman in a blue dress

Photographers in the 19th and early 20th centuries enhanced their work with water colors, oil paints, chalk, charcoal and crayon to simulate the splendors of traditional oil portraits of the upper classes. This Penn State University Libraries' Special Collections exhibit on display through Friday, Dec. 8, in the Hensich Room, 201A Pattee Library, University Park, shows the rich variety and range of techniques and materials used on a selection of painted photographs.


Academic Libraries Around the World

logo to promote Academic Libraries Around the World exhibit with title encircled by colorful book spines extended outward

This exhibit features images and descriptions of libraries worldwide, materials from the University Libraries’ library science collections, items highlighting Penn State's Global Engagement Network peer libraries, plus new, interactive kiosks with additional content including a historical timeline. On display through Feb. 12, 2018, the exhibit is located in the Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library, University Park.


The History of Pattee Library and Paterno Library

1930s Pattee Library in snow with old cars parked along Pattee Mall and tall elm trees

This exhibit chronicles the University Libraries’ 162-year lifespan at the heart of the University Park campus, to raise awareness of the Libraries’ ongoing improvement to provide the most effective spaces and resources to meet the needs of students and researchers, and to encourage visitors to use the Libraries’ tangible and digital collections. On display through Jan. 15, 2018, first floor central Pattee Library entrance display cases and adjacent Sidewater Commons, University Park.



Fire & Freedom: Food & Enslavement in Early America

On display Oct. 23–Dec. 1, viewable during library open hoursHazleton Campus Library.


A. Lawrence Kocher: Modernist, Traditionalist, Penn Stater

On display through Dec. 14, viewable during library open hours, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, Unviersity Park.


Falling to Places: Photography by Staci Grimes

On display through mid-December, viewable during library open hours, second floor, Mont Alto Campus Library.


NLM/NIH Traveling Exhibit: Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons

On display Nov. 6–Dec. 16, Life Sciences Library, viewable during open hours, 4th floor Paterno Library, University Park.



This Giving Tuesday, help the Libraries help students afford the textbooks that help them succeed at Penn State — support our Textbook and Educational Resources Endowment!

Nov 27, 7:00 pm to Nov 28, 11:45 pm

A live-streamed presentation on research by Nari Senanayake, Ph.D candidate in Penn State's Department of Geography, who received a Whiting Award in 2016 for "Cultivating Health in Landscapes of Uncertainty: Mystery Kidney Disease and the Return of Native Seed in Dry Zone Sri Lanka."

Dec 5, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

7 p.m., documentary screening about, around, or in Iran, or made by Iranians, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and first floor, Mont Alto Campus Library, Mont Alto.

Dec 6, 7:00 pm