News and Updates

“Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy” Begins a New Chapter for the Penn Libraries on the Philadelphia Arts & Culture Scene

PHILADELPHIA, PA Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy, an ambitious series of cultural events and artistic commissions generated by Penn Libraries, will mark the bicentennial of Walt Whitman (1819-1892), America’s “poet of democracy.” This far-reaching...

A Love Story Nearly Fifty Years in the Making Drives Scholarship and Advocacy

Marilyn Luber and Robert Raymar see their wedding, a story 50 years in the making, as an opportunity to make even more connections – between their families, between friends, and between their loved ones and their favorite causes, including the...

A $3 Million Endowment Gift Names Penn’s Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Position

Thanks to the generosity of the Penn Libraries Board of Overseers and the Orrery Society Council under the leadership of Board Chair, Judy Bollinger, WG'81, PAR'14, and Vice Chair, Erik Gershwind, W'93, the Penn Libraries is delighted to announce...

About the

We are not in the book business. We are in the blow your mind, find the answers, create the future business. We humans need to know. When we look hard enough, think hard enough, have the right tools, expand our circle and work together—the world widens, our minds open. We discover the answers.

Our Priorities

  • Biotech Commons

    This modern, technologically sophisticated space will advance us toward an unprecedented era of discovery.
  • Penn First Plus

    By paying particular attention to first generation students, we help ensure equitable access to tools for academic success.
  • Information Resources

    As the fuel of academic and research enterprise across the University, we must constantly grow and evolve our collections.
  • Community Outreach

    Reaching far past the traditional orbit of an academic research library, we redefine partnerships with our communities.
  • Teaching, Research, and Learning

    Here, the nexus of past discovery, present scholarship, and creation for the future encourages unyielding curiosity and sharp insight.
  • Fellowships

    Attracting the best and brightest post-docs across various fields enriches the entire University's academic output.
Do you believe in knowledge?

Get in Touch

Call our office at 215-898-8033 or email us with questions about giving and resources for alumni.

Subscribe to
our Newsletter

Learn about exciting events and innovations at the Penn Libraries when you subscribe to our newsletter.


Subscribe to the Penn Libraries e-Newsletter

Subscribe to the Penn Libraries e-Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter and start receiving:

  • Exciting new and happenings at the Penn Libraries
  • Notices about special events and exhibitions
  • Reading recommendations from our talented subject specialists
  • Promotions for Penn Libraries merchandise
Example: "WG '96"