Penn Libraries

Featured Collections

The Penn Libraries' global collections encompass hundreds of languages and scripts across a broad range of subject areas, preserving the rich cultural and scholarly record from Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South Asia. Read about some of our unique recent acquisitions.

A pile of colorful books. Visible titles include "Reconciliation: Journey of Solidarity Through A Wounded India," "My Days In the Underworld: The Rise of the Bangalore Mafia," and "Queen of Hearts."

The Legacy of Westland Books

In the last year, the Penn Libraries purchased more than 400 volumes published by the recently-shuttered Indian publisher Westland Books.

Books on a shelf. Legible titles include: The Usual Suspects, Belles, Sea Winter, Dream Country, and The Last-Last Day of Summer.

Award-Winning Books

Discover books in the Penn Libraries collections that have won awards for their depictions of or significance to marginalized communities.

Eye chart printed with Hebrew letters in various sizes.

Yiddish-Language Collections

The Penn Libraries' Yiddish-language holdings document the story of Yiddish language, literature, culture, and history.


A large room filled with round tables and blue chairs. About a dozen people are sitting at the tables watching a person present from a projected powerpoint presenation.
February 21, 2024

Data Basics: Ethically Making & Sharing Data

This session discusses the benefits and risks of collecting, analyzing, and sharing data and provides tools that help you assess data needs and assume an ethical data practice

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Research Data and Digital Scholarship Exchange, First Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Workshop
February 21, 2024

Introduction to Digital Mappa (DM)

SIMS hosts an installation of Digital Mappa (DM). DM is "an open-source digital humanities platform for open-access workspaces, projects and publications."

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Online
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
Photograph of a series of childrens' books published by Cupples and Leon.
February 21, 2024

Penn Libraries Presents (Regan Kladstrup): Collecting and Dating Childrens' Series Books Published by Cupples and Leon

In a talk titled "Dating Patsy Carroll, or, My Rapid Descent into Bibliomania ... and Poverty," Regan Kladstrup will share her personal collection of children's series books and discuss her ongoing research to assign printing dates to each book. Regan's collection features books printed in the first half of the 20th century by Cupples & Leon Publisher. 

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Class of 1955 Conference Room (241), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center (2nd Floor)
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff