Penn Libraries

Featured Collections

The Penn Libraries' global collections encompass hundreds of languages and scripts across a broad range of subject areas, preserving the rich cultural and scholarly record from Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South Asia. Read about some of our unique recent acquisitions.

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Exploring Chinese Internet Literature

To more accurately reflect the diversity of literature in China, the Penn Libraries has made a special effort to add recent internet novels that have been published in print form to our collection.


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April 24, 2024

Death Cafe

Join us in a judgment-free environment where participants, often strangers, can openly engage in discussion on the topic of death and dying.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Holman Biotech Commons Design Thinking Studio
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
Penn Libraries Presents
April 24, 2024

Penn Libraries Presents: Julia Pelosi-Thorpe, Lil Nas X's Montero and Dante's Divine Comedy

Penn Libraries presents Julia Pelosi-Thorpe. Julia is working on her PhD in Italian Studies/Comparative Literature & Literary Theory and she is the Graduate Student Research Fellow at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. Julia will share her reading of the 2021 music video for Lil Nas X's song "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" as a reception of Dante's Divine Comedy that explores its hell-purgatory-heaven system as well as specific textual resonances.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Class of '55 Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Open to the Public