Access to area libraries

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Penn faculty, staff and students have access to a wide range of libraries in the Philadelphia area. Some of these libraries are listed here.

Penn Faculty may request free borrowing privileges at Drexel University, St. Joseph's University, Villanova University, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges upon presentation of a PennCard and a letter of introduction from the Van Pelt Circulation Department.

Penn Graduate Students may request free borrowing privileges at Drexel University, St. Joseph's University, and Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library only, upon presentation of a PennCard and a letter of introduction from the Van Pelt Circulation Department.

Penn Faculty, Staff, and Students may register to borrow from any of the facilities of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Through Penn's membership in the SHARES Libraries Group, Penn Faculty, Staff, and Students have on-site access privileges at many research libraries. SHARES libraries in this region are listed below.

Bryn Mawr College
Canaday Library
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 526-5276

Columbia University
(Research Libraries Group member)
Butler Library
535 W. 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-2247

Drexel University
W.W.Hagerty Library
33rd and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-2755

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 686-5300

Haverford College
Magill Library
Haverford, PA 19041
(610) 896-1175

New York Public Library
(Research Libraries Group member)
Fifth Ave. & 42nd St.
New York, NY 10018
(212) 930-0800

New York University
(Research Libraries Group member)
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Sq. S.
New York, NY 10012-1091

Princeton University
(Research Libraries Group member)
Firestone Library
Princeton, NJ 08544
(609) 258-3180

Rutgers University
(Research Libraries Group member)
Paul Robeson Library
300 N. Fourth St.
PO Box 93990
Camden, NJ 08101-3990
(609) 225-6034

Saint Joseph's University
5600 City Ave, 
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(610) 660-1900

Swarthmore College
McCabe Library
Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 328-8477

Temple University
(Research Libraries Group member)
Paley Library
13th St & Berks Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 204-8231

Villanova University, Falvey Memorial Library
800 E. Lancaster Ave,
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-4270