At the heart of the Penn Libraries are its extraordinary collections. Over the past year, the Penn Libraries has focused its attention on its special and area studies collections, particularly its unique and distinctive assets. These materials contribute to exceptional student experiences, fuel original research, and spark wonder. Signature collections drive discovery and innovation.

Guided by the Penn Libraries vision, mission, and strategic priorities, a team of library leaders, curators, and bibliographers has created strategies and forward-looking areas of collecting opportunity. The three strategies optimize Penn’s investment in collections to achieve its goals of furthering access, education, and scholarship.

Three Strategies Drive the Building of Special and Area Studies Collections

  1. Build unique and distinctive collections that are an enduring contribution to history and global understanding.
  2. Open collections for diverse use through increased access and preservation.
  3. Collaborate with others to create a sustainable network of shared knowledge.

Areas of Opportunity for Strategic Investing

Two Japanese book covers.

Global Voices

Representing the diversity of cultures around the world