Give to the Libraries

The University Libraries Office of Development and Alumni Relations serves the Penn State community, which includes 37 Libraries on 24 campuses, 33,000 faculty and staff, 100,000 students, and the Penn State World Campus. By engaging alumni and friends to partner with the University Libraries, the development team strives to support all students on their path to academic excellence by providing innovative educational resources. The value of the Libraries is enormous as they truly are the heart of the University. We believe that any great educational institution must have a great library.


A Special Message from Dean Dewey

A Penn State education prepares our students to be future leaders and problem solvers for an increasingly complex world.  And the Libraries are proud to be key players as we support academic excellence, research, prominence, and superior public service.

We have many exciting services throughout our library locations. The Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons in Pattee Library offers a 24-hour facility, technology and research assistance in one location, a Media Commons, circulating laptops and iPads, collaborative study spaces with Mediascapes, solo space when desired, other equipment, and more—all in a comfortable environment. And, we are excited about plans for the Collaboration Commons.

The strong convergence of Penn State’s vision and the Libraries’ plans and activities support academic excellence, research prominence, and superior public service. I continue to be energized by Penn State’s passion for and the Libraries role in creating knowledge and educating our students for future endeavors.

Penn State’s Libraries remain ranked among the top ten academic research library in North America. Your additional investment will take our Libraries to new heights and determine how very much more we can offer Penn State students. You may make your gift at Giving to Penn State. If you would like to discuss specific giving opportunities, please email our development office or call 814-865-2258.

Best regards,

Barbara I. Dewey
Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications


Giving Opportunities




Exciting update just released; new information coming soon. 



Giving Tuesday (January 2018 Update)

Finals numbers even better than originally estimated - 141 gifts totaling $32,000! Our students give their thanks. (video)