The University Libraries

The Penn State University Libraries invite you to explore our resources and services as you embark on new pathways of study and research. Ranked among the top-ten research libraries in North America by the Association of Research Libraries, Penn State's Libraries offer some of the best research collections in the country, in both traditional and online formats. Librarians at Penn State, who are experts in fields of study from agriculture, to engineering, to religion, and friendly staff are there to support you in your class projects and research papers.

Many resources are accessible online by visiting Here you will find everything from e-books to newspapers to scholarly journals. LionSearch, featured on this page, is a fast easy way to simultaneously search databases in the collection as well as The CAT, the Libraries' online catalog, where you can find books, movies, or music–millions of titles for assignments as well as relaxation.

Help with library resources is available 24/7 through the Libraries online Help service, offering IM, email or online chat.

The Libraries feature a number of subject libraries in Pattee and Paterno Libraries, including Arts and Humanities, Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Life Sciences, Maps, News and Microforms, Special Collections (University Archives), and Social Sciences libraries. Other branch subject libraries on the University Park campus are Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Dickinson School of Law, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, and Physical and Mathematical Sciences libraries. The librarians and staff members in each library are specialists in those areas and are always available to provide research help to you.

A Knowledge Commons in Pattee Library, first floor, is now open 24/5 and provides a one-stop shop to complete assignments with reference help, media specialists, and technology consultants. Group study rooms that can be booked online, presentation practice rooms, and multimedia production spaces are some of the many highlights of this collaboration between the Libraries and Information Technology Services.

Comfy chairs, spaces, and places to study quietly or in a group setting are available throughout the Libraries. Reserve a group study room, check computer availability online, kick back and relax with a book from the Leisure Reading Collection, or grab a cup of coffee and a snack at MacKinnon's Cafe, in the west wing of the Pattee Library. The Libraries also offer labs with MACs and PCs, Course Reserve Services, and laptop loans, among many other services.

The Libraries provide a variety of resources and services to individuals with special needs and disabilities. Please contact the coordinator of Adaptive Technology and Services at 814-865-0284 in advance of your visit to discuss accommodations. We want all of our students to have a positive and productive experience at Penn State, and we will help you achieve that goal.