University Libraries events welcome students back to campuses

August 20, 2021

UNIVERSITY P­ARK, Pa. — Penn State University Libraries is offering welcome events at University Park and across the Commonwealth Campuses as a way for students new to the Libraries to familiarize themselves with the spaces, faces, services and resources offered. Event details, including dates, times and hours, will vary from campus to campus.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23-25, University Park’s Pattee Library and Paterno Library will provide assistance from a welcome tent, offering wayfinding around campus, information about study spots within the Libraries, and “ask me anything” staffing for library questions. Starbucks coupons and other giveaways will be available each day, while supplies last.  

At all campus locations, food offerings will be individually wrapped or pre-packaged and meant to be consumed outside or in designated eating spaces, and masking guidelines will be followed.

"The University Libraries looks forward to welcoming our students back to our spaces and to collaborating with our community to create and sustain a safe and healthy environment for all,” said Rebecca Waltz, University Libraries’ interim associate dean for Learning and Undergraduate Services. 

“I am excited to see all of our students back on campus and looking forward to being at our welcome tent, in person, with our community. Although you won't be able to see it — because I'll be wearing my mask to help keep our community safe — I will have a big smile on my face!”  

This year’s fall semester Libraries welcome events are supported, in part, by a $7,000 Second Year Student Enhancement Program grant from the First to Second Year Task Force. These funds will support a variety of events across the commonwealth. Commonwealth Campus fall semester welcome events are as follows:

Penn State Abington, Abington College Library

Aug. 23-27: Welcome Week


Penn State Altoona, Robert E. Eiche Library

Aug. 23: Welcome Event

Drop-in activities all day


Penn State Beaver, Beaver Campus Library

Aug. 17: Open House Tailgate


Penn State Behrend, John M. Lilley Library

Aug. 23-25: Welcome Week Breakfast

Sept. 15: Open House  


Penn State Berks, Berks Thun Library

Sep. 6-13: Library Check-in Week, in partnership with First Year Seminar


Penn State Brandywine, Vairo Library

Sept. 1: Open House


Penn State DuBois, DuBois Campus Library

Aug. 23: Drop-in Welcome Event


Penn State Fayette, Fayette Campus Library

Aug. 31: Library Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Penn State Greater Allegheny, J. Clarence Kelly Library

Aug. 25: Welcome Back table at PSUGA Fall Club and Organization Fair, noon-3 p.m.

In partnership with Learning Center, Academic and Career Excellence Office


Penn State Harrisburg, Madlyn Levine Hanes Library

Aug. 23-27: Welcome Week

In partnership with Student Engagement


Penn State Hazleton, Mary M. and Bertil E. Lofstrom Library

Aug. 25: Open House, noon-3 p.m.


Penn State Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Campus Library

Aug. 30-31, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Quest for Success campus-wide event

In partnership with Advising, Retention Committee


Penn State Mont Alto, Mont Alto Campus Library

Sept. 13-17: Open House events all week


Penn State New Kensington, Elisabeth S. Blissell Library

Back-to-School Bash


Penn State Schuylkill, Ciletti Memorial Library

Aug. 30-Sept. 3: Open House


Penn State Scranton, Scranton Campus Library

Aug. 30-Sept. 3: Open House


Penn State Shenango, Lartz Memorial Library

Sept. 13: Open House


Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Nesbitt Library

Aug. 23-27: Open House & Board Game Night


Penn State York, Lee R. Glatfelter Library

Sept. 8: Welcome Mini-Golf Event

Last Updated August 23, 2021