Financial Wellness Bookshelf

The Financial Wellness Bookshelf is an initiative provided by Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & Life Skills Center to Penn State campuses through a generous grant from Barnes & Noble. Students and staff are encouraged to use the bookshelf at their campus to select a book. World Campus students can email if they see a title they would like to read or visit Libby by OverDrive | Penn State University Libraries ( to find the books in the online library.

How it works:


Finding good information on money management can be a challenge for many students. Sponsored by a generous gift from Barnes & Noble, the Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center has placed Financial Wellness Bookshelves at every Penn State Campus to provide easy access to information on budgeting, credit, debt, investing, and saving. Any student is welcome to select a title from the books on the shelf and take it home with them.

To learn more about other financial wellness services at Penn State, including free, one-on-one financial counseling for students, visit


Select a book title from the Financial Wellness Bookshelf that interests you and take it home. There is no return date– keep the book for as long as you’d like. We have titles on several different topics:

  • Money Rules by Jean Chatzky
  • The Missing Semester by Gene Natali and Matt Kabala
  • The Missing Second Semester by Gene Natali
  • The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins
  • You’re So Money by Farnoosh Torabi
  • Get Good With Money by Tiffany Aliche
  • Mind Your Money by Yanely Espanal
  • Intro to Insurance 101 by Owen Walcher


Finished your selected book? Good for you! Next, you’re welcome to do any of the following:

KEEP IT. If you like the title and plan to follow guidance from the author, feel free to hang on to the book and make it a staple in your financial library at home.

RETURN IT. Bring it back to the Financial Wellness Bookshelf for another student.

PASS IT ON. If you have a friend or fellow student that might benefit from the book, pass it on. These books are free and meant to be read—so pay it forward and share what you learned!