The University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1749 by a group of prominent Philadelphia businessmen including Benjamin Franklin, gained a library thanks to gifts of books from several of its founders. This rich tradition has continued for over 250 years. Many of the Penn Libraries' most notable collections have come to the University as gifts from individuals, alumni and non-alumni alike, wishing to share their collections with students, faculty and researchers from around the globe.
These donors have in common a passionate desire to see their collections used by students and scholars—a perfect match for the Penn Libraries, which enjoys a well-deserved reputation for focusing on active use of primary source materials. Avid use of collections by Penn Libraries constituents creates rich, lasting legacies for those who share their prized items with the Libraries.
By entrusting the Penn Libraries with your collection, you allow us to spread the insights that stand to be gained from these prized resources.