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This is a home for information about the Penn Libraries' Special Collections Center. With the generous support of many Library friends, this project seeks to transform the space that houses Penn's collections of rare and unique materials. It includes a grand venue (the Class of 1978 Pavilion) for University programs, extensive reader and study spaces, an exhibition gallery, new quarters for the Furness Shakespeare Library, and a media lab for advancing work in the digital humanities. The original Lea Library and a permanent exhibition of Franklin memorabilia are incorporated into these new and upgraded elements. The project also extends to portions of the Van Pelt-Dietrich fifth floor, which will provide much needed additional space, with upgraded environmental systems, for Penn's growing primary source collections. The additional space also allows for installation of a preservation/conservation lab near by facilities for digitization and exhibits.

For more information about donors and fundraising for other library facilities and programs, visit the Campaign for Penn Libraries website at

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Fundraising for and construction of the Special Collections Center has been divided over three phases. This diagram illustrates the goals and scope of phases I & II. Phase III is contingent upon funding.

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