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Biomedical Library - Access

Biomedical Library

Johnson Pavilion
3610 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6060

For additional information please call: (215) 898-5815.

Weekdays until 6 pm: Access is unrestricted, but current, valid photo ID must be shown at all times.

Evenings after 6 pm/Weekends/Holidays: Access is restricted. Patrons must show current, valid identification in one of the following categories, without which they must leave at 6 pm:

  • PennCard or Penn Alumni Card
  • Photo ID from HUP, CHOP, Pennsylvania, or Presbyterian hospitals or UPHS affiliate
  • Biomedical Library Barcode accompanied by a photo ID
  • Library Courtesy Card accompanied by a photo ID
  • Photo ID from Drexel, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore, or a Research Libraries Group Shares Member

Children of Penn faculty, staff, and students and other Library patrons may enter and remain in the Biomedical Library when accompanied by a parent.

The library is not open to elementary or high school students, but arrangements may be made for class groups, or for high school students who need to use depository documents. Please email us to inquire about arrangements.


Individual, unaffiliated visiting researchers and students, as well as Penn affiliates who wish to bring guests can make special arrangements to visit the Biomedical Library on evenings or weekends. Penn affiliates on behalf of their guests or individual researchers/students should call or email the Information Desk in advance, [(215) 898-5815,] or stop by the Information Desk in advance to arrange for access.

Due to licensing restrictions, access to most of the University's electronic resources is limited to Penn students, faculty and staff. Please see the Electronic Resource Access policy.

Access to the University's Wireless AirPennNet network is limited and requires advanced setup. Guests should work with their sponsor or sponsoring organization to receive support. More information is available on Penn's AirPennNet Guest page.