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.


Black and white photo of a path through the Woodlands.
  • Workshop
September 22, 2023

Embodied Information: Local Trees, Datasets, and You

Visit the Woodlands for a short nature walk, gather your own small datasets based on your experience, and explore how you can combine your data with that collected by others to tell a more complete story about a place.

  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Sep 25
  • Workshop
September 25, 2023

Intro to Metals and Jewelry

During these introduction workshops, you will learn the safety procedures and fundamental techniques. Registration is required.

  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Education Commons TinkerLab
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff