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New Student Orientation: Home

The Penn Libraries welcomes the Class of 2024 with a week of online programming to help you get your year started right! Tune in to a Q&A panel for insider tips and tricks about navigating the libraries; get a virtual introduction to the librarians who can help you find the tools and resources you need; and sign up for a back-to-school workshop to pick up new skills.

We invite you to explore our NSO hub to learn more about all the libraries in the Penn Libraries network and to discover the amazing resources available to you at the University of Pennsylvania.  Our librarians look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Penn! 

Quick Start Guide 
View a brief rundown on what you can find on our NSO hub as well as some additional links and useful information.

The Penn Libraries NSO Schedule

Civic Engagement: What are You Reading?
Tell us what you are reading in conjunction with this year’s academic theme, the Year of Civic Engagement. See our data visualization to see what others have submitted and find ideas for your next read. 

"Library Snapshots"
The Penn Libraries are not one building but a network of fourteen different libraries that cover a range of disciplines and subject areas. Whether it's the Biomedical Library or the Museum Library, each library is special and unique and contains amazing resources available to Penn students.  Learn more about the libraries at Penn and discover facts and highlights about each one.

The Penn Libraries: Secrets to Student Success
On August 25, 2020, we hosted three panel discussion with Penn Librarians who shared their tips and tricks to help students make the most of the libraries.  Students and their families were invited to attend online and ask questions directly to library staff.  Videos of each session are available for anyone who missed the event. 

Back to School Workshops
Workshops were offered in 4 different tracks -- Library How-To, Discover the Libraries, Student Toolkit, and Making & Creating -- designed to give you a deeper dive into the resources and services available to Penn students and equip you with some skills to get a head start on the school year. You can view videos of some of the workshops we offered during NSO. 

"Meet Your Librarians"
Some of the greatest resources you can find at the library are our librarians!  Their expertise and ability to find just what you need are some of the keys to student success at Penn.  Our librarians are excited to welcome our newest Quakers!  Meet a few of them and find out how they can help you.