Access information for Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

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General access

Restricted access

Public Access to U.S. Government and U.N. Depository Documents

As a Federal Depository Library Program participant, the Penn Libraries make U.S. government documents received through the depository program available for the free use of the general public. Please read about access.

Access for Penn-affiliated visitors, guests, & visiting groups

Penn alumni:

Alumni are encouraged to obtain a Penn Alumni Card, which will provide unrestricted access to Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, excluding 24 hour access to Goldstein Undergraduate Study Center. Information on securing a card and on library services for alumni is available at

Guests of Penn students:

Penn students who wish to bring guests into the library weekday evenings or on the weekend need to complete an access pass. Passes must be filled out no later than the same day of the visit before 5pm. Please email or phone 215-898-7556 to receive a pass for your guest.

Children of Penn faculty, staff, & students:

Children may enter the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center when accompanied by a parent or guardian with a valid I.D. as described above. Children in the Library Center must remain accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.

Elementary, middle, & high school students:

The Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is not open for use by individual elementary, middle, or high school students. Students who need to use depository documents should read about access at

Prospective students & their families:

The library welcomes prospective Penn students and their families to visit the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. To make arrangements, Please send a request or phone 215-898-7556

Accessible entrance

Accessible entrance, ground floor south

The accessible entrance of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center opens into the Goldstein Undergraduate Study Center. This entrance is on the ground floor of the building facing Blanche P. Levy Park. A wheelchair accessible doorbell is located on the railing leading toward the door.