Not your grandmother's library anymore

The stacks of books are still there, but today Penn State University Libraries have evolved into a multimedia resource center, and the librarians have become information technology specialists. Now, Penn State alumni can access some of the electronic resources through the Alumni Library at Alumni Association members have access to JSTOR, a database of multidisciplinary and discipline-specific scholarly articles in the sciences and humanities. Other search tools include ProQuest products (Online, ABI, and National Newspaper) as well as Project MUSE.

In July/August the website offers a look at the Libraries' history as it celebrates 150 years of service to the University with highlights from the evolution of Penn State Erie, the Behrend College; Penn State Abington; and Amelia Earhart, among others.

The Alumni Library is a joint project of the University Libraries and the Penn State Alumni Association. The Penn State Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University, to each other, provide valuable benefits to members, and support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service. For more information on the Alumni Association, go to

Penn State University Libraries, with more than 5.3 million volumes, 6.9 million microforms, 88,000 serial subscriptions, 536 online databases and more than 100,000 e-books, constitute a major resource for students, faculty and staff, as well as Pennsylvania residents. The largest research library in Pennsylvania, it is one of four resource libraries that provide service and collections to all other libraries and citizens of the commonwealth. For more information, go to

Last Updated July 08, 2009