University Libraries welcome thousands at annual open house

Penn State University Libraries is hosting a fun, interactive open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13, in Pattee, Paterno, and all branch libraries at University Park. Grand prizes include a chance for undergraduate students to win an iPad or gift certificate to the Penn State Bookstore, among other giveaways.

Penn State school spirit will fill the Libraries, during the two days of fun and educational activities that will acquaint students with Libraries services and collections. The first 350 students to visit all 16 library stops, which includes the branch libraries, will receive a Libraries T-shirt. All student participants who complete the event's minimum of eight library stops will receive a stainless steel water bottle imprinted with LionSearch, the Libraries' service that mimics open-Web search methods.

One of the largest and most successful library orientation programs of its kind nationwide, the Penn State Libraries’ Open House has been running since 2001 and attracts more than 3,500 students each fall. Student feedback from the event is highly positive, with more than 90 percent of students indicating that they would recommend the open house as a useful activity for other students to attend.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, see or follow psulibs on Twitter or “like” Penn State University Libraries@University Park on Facebook for real-time updates leading up to and during the event.

This year's event supporters ($1,000 to $3,000) include IEEE, NBC Learn, "The New York Times," Sage Publications, Inc., and Wiley Blackwell. Friends of the Open House ($250 to $999) include Oxford University Press and Thomson Reuters. Other gift sponsors include Jialing Chen, Penn State General Stores, Elsevier, and Ebsco. Grand Prize donors include the Penn State Bookstore, Penn State Federal Credit Union, Springer and Thomson Reuters.

Last Updated September 14, 2012