Penn State's first library collection consisted of approximately 1,500 volumes in agriculture and the sciences and was housed in Old Main, along with most other college facilities. The nineteenth-century library was considered an auxiliary to study and by 1888 was open six hours a day. By the turn of the century the library had grown to nearly 20,000 volumes. The overcrowding finally was relieved by construction of the Carnegie Library, a gift of steel magnate and college trustee Andrew Carnegie. ...Read the Library History
Need some help navigating the Pattee and Paterno Library complex? Tours of the facility are available by appointment. Request a guided tour of Pattee-Paterno Library.
Special Small Group Tours - Go Behind the Scenes
Special small group tours are scheduled for October 20, November 10, and two tours on November 17.
As a visitor to our campus, you may access free AT&T wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) service from your personal computer or other wireless enabled device at any participating visitor wireless location. Penn State Visitor Wireless information.
Visitor Station Computers
Visitor station computers provide access to the CAT (library catalog), most library databases, Penn State Web sites, and governmental Web sites. You can find visitor stations at the following locations.
- Leisure Reading Room
- Arts and Humanities Library (W202, W211)
- Special Collections Library (Blockson Room, E105)
- Social Sciences Library (E201)
- Business Library (E301)
- Life Sciences Library (E401)
- Education and Behavioral Sciences Library (E501)
UP branch libraries:
- Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library (111 Stuckeman)
- Engineering Library (325 Hammond)
- Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library (201 Davey)
- Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (105 Deike)