The first-ever Short Story Dispenser was created by Short Édition, a French company and independent publisher of short literature. At the push of a button a 1, 3, or 5-minute story or poem from writers across the world is printed on papyrus paper.
In May 2017, Penn State University Libraries entered into an innovative agreement with Short Édition to bring its first short story dispensers to any university worldwide. Our vision for these dispensers is to deliver original Penn State student, faculty and staff, and community writing into the hands of the public and encourage dialogue between readers and authors.
Currently, the Penn State Libraries has a network of 10 dispensers – five located on and around the University Park campus, and five located at our Commonwealth campuses. For more information on our various partnerships with our dispensers, please visit our Outreach page.