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 box of letterpress stamps.
  • Workshop
June 7, 2023

Intro to Letterpress Workshop / Press Training

Learn the fundamentals of setting type and letterpress printing on our Vandercook cylinder presses. We will also discuss alternatives to setting type for printing on the press (photopolymer plates, linoleum, pressure printing). Required as a prerequisite for printing on the Vandercook on independent projects. Registration is required.

  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Common Press, Fisher Fine Arts, Lower Level
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
A tabletop letterpress with a "Hello World" stamp on it.
  • Workshop
June 29, 2023

Print Your Own Business or Calling Cards

Print your own contact cards on our tabletop clamshell press! Come prepared with the text you'd like to print - no more than 75 characters.

  • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Common Press, Fisher Fine Arts, Lower Level
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff