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.


Library patrons using computers in the Electronic Lookup Center.
  • Workshop
November 29, 2023

Academic Autumn Workshop: Where to Publish in the Health Sciences Community

This workshop will outline current scholarly communication practices, explore resources at Penn to review publishing options, and consider strategies for selecting journals in which to publish for research in the health sciences. 

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Online
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
Cartoon of a cat at a sewing machine, the Embroidery Machine 101 logo.
  • Workshop
November 29, 2023

Embroidery 101

Learn the 101 basics, safety and troubleshooting by making a tea towel or patch in order to gain reservable access to the digital fabrication machine.

  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Education Commons TinkerLab
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
Cover, The Prisoner and the Writer
  • Lecture
  • Kislak
November 29, 2023

Children and Prejudice

A panel discussion with Heather Camlot and Fashina Aladé, moderated by Jonathan Zimmerman, exploring the role of literature and the media in helping children overcome prejudice and become sensitive and critical consumers of information.

  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Zoom
Open to the Public