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The Penn Libraries provides support and resources for teaching, research, and learning through 14 individual libraries, vast physical and digital collections, personal consultations, workshops, and other services.

Get to know our librarians

Some of the greatest resources you can find at the library are our librarians! Their expertise and ability to find just what you need are some of the keys to student success at Penn.

Librarians are available on live chat from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and for video consultations by appointment. You can also send us a question any time and we’ll respond in 24 hours or less.

Need guidance related to a particular subject? From Accounting to Veterinary Services, one of our subject specialists can tailor help to your particular focus.

Find what you need on the Penn Libraries website

Our website is your gateway to all the online resources and services available to you at the Penn Libraries. Search Franklin, our online catalog, check out our online exhibitions, and learn more about all that the libraries have to offer you!

The quick start guide provides a one-stop source for links to essential library services and resources. The Phased Services FAQ is continually updated with the latest information about library services affected by the pandemic.

Attend a virtual or in-person workshop

Penn Libraries workshops are designed to give you a deeper dive into the resources and services available to Penn students and equip you with the skills to make the most of your academic experience.

Points of Contact

Libraries Circulation Department


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Services Offered

Access to physical books, DVDs, and other materials; digital access to books, newspapers, articles, and databases; streaming access to audio and video content; consultations with librarians in a wide range of disciplines; licensed software applications; publishing support for authors; research services; data management services; media production resources; skill-building workshops; online tutorials.

Signature Events

Penn Libraries Showcase; Services Showcase; Open Access Week; GIS Day; Dog Days; New Year, New You; Love Data Month; Rosenbach Lectures; Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies