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.


Tarot cards and a mug.
  • Event
September 28, 2023

Tea & Tarot

Come join us over some tea as we offer a personalized tarot reading.

  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Weigle Information Commons, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, First Floor
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
Graphic with a purple background and illustrations of a cartoons of an octopus, bear, and sewing supplies. Text reads, "Grab & Go Plushies"
September 29, 2023

Grab & Go Plushy Kit

Join the Education Commons each month with a featured plushie design. September's theme is Mini Dinosaur. Supplies are limited and these popular plushies go quickly, so stop by early to grab a kit!

  • 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Education Commons Open Space
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff