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.


February 26, 2024

Tea & Tarot

Come to this monthly event to have your cards read and drink tea!



  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Education Commons
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
Group of 7 people taking a selfie after a walk
February 27, 2024

Penn Walks 2 Wellness: Week 5

Penn Walks 2 Wellness meets each Tuesday we will meet between The Button and the Ben Franklin Statue outside of Van Pelt Library.


  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Outside Van Pelt Library, Between the Button and Ben Franklin statue
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff