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Students studying - 1950sLet the Library Surprise You!

You are cordially invited by the Development and Alumni Relations team to join us at one (or all) of our upcoming Library Tours. See for yourself how the Library you know and love has not only changed, but is trailblazing new paths and providing better opportunities for our students.

Discover the Literacy Riches of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book​

Friday, September 29 

Tour Start and Location: 3:30 p.m. at the Welcome Desk of the Paterno Library at the Curtin Road entrance.

Tour Duration: 60-90 minutes.

After your Lions Pride guided tour of the Library’s 1st floor, Karla Schmit discusses the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, its mission, and its impact across Pennsylvania. See the award-winning books and poems selected by the PACFTB juries for 2016/2017, and hear about the literacy initiatives that the Center administers and participates in across the Commonwealth and the nation. 
 

Making College Affordable, and a Trip Through PSU Sports Archives

Friday, October 20 

Tour Start and Location: 3:30 p.m. at the Welcome Desk of the Paterno Library at the Curtin Road entrance.

Tour Duration: 60-90 minutes.

Following your Lions Pride guided tour of the Library’s 1st floor, Amanda Larson invites you to participate in the Library’s version of the ‘food stamp challenge’ to get a first-hand glimpse of college expenses and how the Library helps increase access to materials and resources. Wrap up your tour at the Eberly Family Special Collections Library exhibit, “Collecting Sports History: PSU Sports Archives”.  You’ll view collections and learn more about sports history at Penn State from Sports Archivist, Paul Dyzak.

An In-Depth Look at Library Operations

Friday, November 10 

Tour Start and Location: 3:30 p.m. at the Welcome Desk of the Paterno Library at the Curtin Road entrance.

Tour Duration: 60-90 minutes.

Enjoy your Lions Pride guided tour of the Library’s 1st floor, and then join Ann Snowman to experience the Library on an operational level. Did you know that materials in 43 Non-English languages were processed by the Libraries last year? Or that staff ordered 26,000 books and managed 3,720 print subscriptions? On this tour you will see the work of over 200 employees. Julie Porterfield will walk you through the last portion of your tour; the current Eberly Family Special Collections Library exhibit, "Documenting the Student Experience at Penn State Yesterday and Today".

Engineering: A One-Stop Shop for Learning and Research

Friday, November 17

Tour Start and Location: 3:30 p.m. at the Welcome Desk of the Engineering Library.

Tour Duration: 60 minutes.

Tour the Engineering Library and interact with the dedicated staff who work to provide a one-stop shop for engineering student learning and research.  Tour guide Beth Thomsett-Scott will take you through activities to include recording an inspirational message to our students in the One Button Studio, utilizing our mobile 3D scanner, trying out 3D goggles, and experiencing several other technologies useful for engineers. 

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library Tour

Friday, November 17

Tour Start and Location: 4:00pm at the Gallery of the Stuckeman Family Building.

Tour Duration: 60 minutes.

Visit the beautiful Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library in the Stuckeman Family Building and see two exhibits documenting two research projects, both based upon discoveries in the Special Collections Library, that together have engaged four faculty members (from 4 departments), six graduate students, and some thirty undergraduate architects. Where Did This Research Begin? With a donor?  In Special Collections Library? With a faculty member?  Some students?  Learn about A. William Hajjar, A. Lawrence Kocher, and Penn State’s "A-list" history of leadership in architectural design.

Reserve your space on the tour today. Limit 12 guests per group. RSVP: 814-865-2258 | sac210@psu.edu

Photo credit:  Students are immersed in their studies on the second floor of the Library in the 1950s.  Image: Penn State University Archives