We pay special attention to the first-generation students coming to Penn in greater numbers who may not have had the same opportunities to interact with complex information resources. 

By partnering with Penn’s Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC), a pioneer in assisting students with potential disadvantages, we help ensure that every student can take advantage of the full Penn experience

Many first generation students curtail the courses they take because they cannot afford the books, supplies, and technologies required for certain subject areas. The result is an unintended socio-economic division in particular majors and fields — a detriment to the excluded students, their peers who don’t benefit from their insights, and the academic fields that are missing many of our brightest students.

The GIC recently started a lending library supported by the Penn Libraries for students who cannot afford to purchase books needed for core classes to help address this challenge.

The Penn Libraries also manages a liaison program with seasoned first-gen students consulting their newly arrived counterparts on bridging potential IT literacy gaps.

As our Penn First Plus efforts continue evolving, the Penn Libraries is even more fully embracing its role at the center of the shared experience among alumni of all Penn’s schools and programs, truly graduating everybody.