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New Year, New You

Think the Penn Libraries is just a place for books? Think again! Spend some time exploring some of the services your library has to offer--including research consultations, publication support for authors, and even musical instrument lending.

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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.

Black and white photo of a woman wearing a sailor girl uniform and dramatic make up stares right into the camera.

Japanese Women Photographers Collection

Over the past two years, librarians have worked to diversify the Penn Libraries’ Japanese photobook collection, developing it in both breadth and depth. 

Four books sitting on a white table, all of them with titles in French.

North African Books in French Language

To this day, the French language plays an important role in North African countries like Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia—but that role is complex and contested.

A sample drawing of South Asian Folk Arts.

Folk and Tribal Arts in South Asia

In the last year, the Penn Libraries has purchase of several hundred volumes related to South Asian painting, textiles, music, and dance.

  • Workshop
February 6, 2023

Digitally 3D Scan Your Head!

Why? Because you can!

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Education Commons TinkerLab
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Workshop
February 6, 2023

Palentine's Jewelry Workshop

Stop by and make a Palentine necklace, bracelet, keychain, or whatever else you can dream up for those special friends in your life.  The Education Commons is stocked with charms, chains and other jewelry hardware.  Learn how to use basic tools while creating a fun gift, complete with a velvet gift bag.  

  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Education Commons Open Space
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff