The Penn Biomedical Library offers a wide variety of services to alumni. All graduates are eligible to use the services described below.

Access to the Biomedical Library Building

The Penn Biomedical Library is open to the public on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Alumni who wish to use the Biomedical Library on weekends and other periods of restricted access should apply for an Alumni PennCard.

Access to Penn Libraries Electronic Resources

Access to most library electronic resources is available to alumni within library buildings including the Biomedical Library. A credential must be set up the day access is needed and will allow access only for that day.

For additional information, please contact the Van Pelt Library Reference Desk at 215-898-7556 or send them an email.

Borrowing Privileges

Alumni who wish to borrow materials from the Library's collections may apply for courtesy borrowing privileges.


The Biomedical Library has extensive resources for conducting research.

RefWorks Access

RefWorks is a web-based program that can store and manage your citation information. Your Penn Alumni status provides you with free access to RefWorks for as long as Penn Libraries subscribes to the service.