Libraries Open House on Sept. 5-6 to offer tours and prizes for participation

August 31, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Thousands of students are expected to participate in Penn State University Libraries' annual fall Open House, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6 in Pattee Library and Paterno Library, as well as all four branch libraries located around campus. Students who swipe their Penn State ID cards to check in at self-guided tour stops will receive free gifts and a chance to win one of several grand prizes, in addition to learning more about the Libraries’ academic, research and leisure resources and services.

The full tour includes a total of nine stops — five in Pattee and Paterno libraries — and one stop each at the Arts and Architecture Library, 111 Stuckeman Family Building; Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, 105 Deike Building; Engineering Library, 325 Hammond Building; and Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library, 201 Davey Lab.

Each tour stop engages students with activities or brief presentations to highlight the Libraries’ services, with additional options to tour the stacks and participate in games and activities.

Students who complete all nine stops will receive a free Penn State University Libraries T-shirt, while supplies last. With the completion of the five stops at Pattee and Paterno libraries, students will receive a flip-top University Libraries-branded water bottle, earn an emailed certificate of completion to share with instructors, and become eligible for a grand prize: one of four $500 Penn State Bookstore gift cards. Grand prizes are available exclusively for registered graduate and undergraduate students.   

University Libraries administrators, faculty and staff volunteer at the two-day event to help students learn more about on-site and online resources available to students, and answer questions about the Libraries. The event, now in its 15th year, is sponsored by IEEE, Home Delivery Pizza and Credo Reference.

For more information, including physical access and special accommodations, contact Megan Gilpin at or 814-867-0069.

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Last Updated August 31, 2018