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.

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Award-Winning Children's Books

This new collection centers diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Find a selection on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

Basil al-Karji (#8) by Marcos Goymil
  • Event
March 29, 2023

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

Guests are invited to commemorate the 2007 attack on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad through poetry and community.

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Fisher Fine Arts Library Lobby
Open to the Public
Close up of a petri dish showing a beautiful bacteria colony.
  • Workshop
March 30, 2023

National Doctor's Day Art Break

Take a break at the Holman Biotech Commons for National Doctors Day! We will have various art stations set up in the reading room for you to make things. Stations include wood art keychains, earrings or pendants, petri dish BioArt, and vinyl stickers. Supplies are limited, registration is not required.

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Biotech Commons-Holman Reading Room
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
Ms. Codex 724, a copy of the Vulgate Bible
  • Book Talk
  • Kislak
March 30, 2023

Coffee with a Codex: Bible

An informal lunch or coffee time to meet virtually with Kislak curators and talk about one of the manuscripts from Penn's collections. Each week we'll feature a different manuscript and the expertise of one of our curators.

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
  • Zoom
Open to the Public