News and Events


April 18, 2024

Penn State University Libraries’ 2024 William D. Minter Lectureship in Conservation will feature guest lecturer Diane Maurer, an internationally recognized paper marbler from Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Maurer will speak on April 25, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and online via Zoom...

April 17, 2024

Penn State University Libraries’ Teaching and Learning with Technology Learning Design Team will host its three-day Digital Education Exchange Retreat in May for Penn State faculty interested in creating Technology-Enhanced Experiences. The goal is to leverage community technology platforms to...

April 16, 2024

During finals week, De-Stress Fest takes place at five branch libraries across the University Park campus and at 10 Penn State campuses across the commonwealth, offering free snacks, games, activities, art therapy and other stress-management options, which vary with location.


Apr 13, 11:00 am to Apr 26, 7:00 pm

A traveling exhibit documenting the formation of some of the earliest LGBTQ+ student organizations at college and universities in Pennsylvania, as well as more recent history, and experiences and personal stories of being openly LGBTQ+ on campus.

Apr 15, 9:00 am to May 3, 5:00 pm

Stress-reducing games and activities to help students relax as they study for finals and complete end-of-semester projects.  Many campuses, Pattee and Paterno Libraries,  and branches across University park participate: Students are encouraged to verify locations’ operating hours prior to their visit.

Apr 25, 1:00 pm

Book artist and educator IBe’ Crawley will discuss artist’s book as a tool for multi-disciplinary studies for the 2024 Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts titled Black Beauty in the Artist’s Book 11033.  The lecture will take place via Zoom, and is free and open to all; Registration is required

Digital Projects and Exhibits

Earth ArchivesEarth Archives: Stories of Human Impact
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in April of 1970, this exhibition explores the intersection of the environment, human activity, and the documentary record.

Cast in SteelBeneath the Surface and Cast in Steel: Forging the American Industrial Union Movement
This digital project provides researchers unprecedented access to Penn State’s extensive collection of primary sources related to the history of industrial unionism in the United States. 


International Solidarity
International Solidarity: Highlights from the Ken Lawrence Collection
The exhibition explores the visual culture of political protest in the late 20th-century.

Protesters - Old MainPenn State Education Activism Archive
Using primary sources from Special Collections, students in Professor Steudeman’s Contemporary American Rhetoric: Educational Activism in the United States (CAS 478) class created The Penn State Educational Activism Archive, which aims to complicate and expand our historical knowledge of student and faculty activism at Penn State University.

Indigenous Roots/RoutesIndigenous Roots/Routes
This student-produced digital media project was created as part of the Public Humanities Fellows Program at the Humanities Institute at Penn State and expands on the Indigenous Roots/Routes exhibition, which encompasses a wide swath of history, geographic range, and varied Indigenous people and cultures and explores the processes of social, religious, and political adaptation.

Penn State ADACelebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State
A digital exhibition that explores the first 100 years of national disability rights and movements and their impact on the Penn State University community, including resources to proactively learn and influence future efforts.