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New Year, New You

Think the Penn Libraries is just a place for books? Think again! Spend some time exploring some of the services your library has to offer--including research consultations, publication support for authors, and even musical instrument lending.

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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.

Black and white photo of a woman wearing a sailor girl uniform and dramatic make up stares right into the camera.

Japanese Women Photographers Collection

Over the past two years, librarians have worked to diversify the Penn Libraries’ Japanese photobook collection, developing it in both breadth and depth. 

Four books sitting on a white table, all of them with titles in French.

North African Books in French Language

To this day, the French language plays an important role in North African countries like Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia—but that role is complex and contested.

A sample drawing of South Asian Folk Arts.

Folk and Tribal Arts in South Asia

In the last year, the Penn Libraries has purchase of several hundred volumes related to South Asian painting, textiles, music, and dance.

A page from Secretum secretorum, a popular treatise presented as a letter from Aristotle to Alexander the Great on statecraft, astronomy, astrology, magic, and medicine
  • Kislak
February 2, 2023

Coffee with a Codex: Secretum Secretorum

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
  • Virtual
Open to the Public
  • Workshop
February 2, 2023

PUG@Penn (Python Users Group) Meetup

PUG@Penn (Python Users Group) brings together members of the Penn community interested in or already working with the popular open-source programming language Python. All are welcome - no prior experience with Python required!

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Collaborative Classroom (Room 113)
Open to the Public
  • Workshop
February 2, 2023

National Ukulele Day: Make Your Own Personalized Ukulele

Celebrate national Ukulele Day by building one yourself and add a personal touch to it by laser engraving a name or image onto it. Learn how a laser cutter works and how to use it at Education Commons library. Music lessons not included.

  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Education Commons TinkerLab
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff