Arts and Culture at the Penn Libraries

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With remarkable collections, engaging events, and architectural attractions, the Penn Libraries is a hub for cultural activity on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Philadelphia.

Our distinctive holdings include the personal collections of famed musician Marian Anderson, the archives of renowned children's author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, and one of the country’s biggest collections of Arthur Tress photographic prints.

Most library events and exhibitions are open to the public. Be among the first to hear about upcoming programs at the Penn Libraries by joining our email list!

Fall programs, offered in-person and virtually, include a lecture series examining the fight to ban the British slave trade and a symposium tackling urgent ethical challenges in collection building.

Within our network of fourteen libraries are the Fisher Fine Arts Library, recognized as one of Philadelphia's great buildings and most important interiors, and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, known for its global, interdisciplinary collections and innovative digital projects. Additional special collections are held at the Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and the Penn Museum Library.

Marian Anderson photographed as a young woman

Marian Anderson Collection

Secret Conversation, New York:. Photographer: Arthur Tress

Arthur Tress Photography Collection