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Visitor Access to U.S. Government Documents

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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.

The Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is the Penn Libraries' point of access for its Federal Depository Library Program collection. Visitors seeking to use U.S. government documents distributed through the depository program are expected to conform to the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center's general access and restricted access policies. Access to specific categories of U.S. government documents may require mediation by Penn librarians.

Weekdays until 6 pm: Building access is unrestricted.
All visitors must show a current, valid government, school or employer-issued photo I.D. that contains an expiration date. A copy of their identification documents will be made and a Visitor Badge will be issued.

After 6 pm Weekdays, on Weekends, and during Restricted-Access Periods: We ask visitors who need to use U.S. depository government documents on weekday evenings, on weekends, and during restricted-access periods to consult with Van Pelt Reference staff in advance so that we may determine if the documents needed are available and that staff are on hand to help. Please call Van Pelt Reference at 215-898-7556 or email us.

See Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center's access policy for detailed information on library hours and restrictions.