Faculty and student demand for space—more vocal than ever—is broadening beyond the idea of sheltered study rooms. The Penn community needs places that enable collaborative learning, new models of teaching, access to the latest digital tools, and proximity to trained staff who can help users master those tools.
Within the Libraries, the world's best students gather to do work that no mere classroom can support. They encounter history in the actual books that Shakespeare once handled, learn to use cutting-edge technology, and collaborate with their peers and subject experts. They are transformed by what they are able to experience in the Libraries.
The Libraries are laboratories of learning, continually redefined by the scholars who use them to synthesize and create knowledge. They are institutions that have exponentially surpassed the purposes they once served and can now ensure that each student and scholar receives exactly the learning experience she or he wants and needs.
By making a contribution toward building novel spaces for learning, you will transform Penn students' ability to learn, explore, collaborate and transform into scholars committed to lifelong learning.