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Access to Electronic Resources

The University of Pennsylvania is a private institution and its libraries are private libraries, maintained to support the teaching and research mission of the University. Use of the Library's electronic resources is generally restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff in order to comply with license agreements for educational use and to ensure access to limited resources. Visitors to the library are invited to use Franklin, the Library's online catalog, and resources that have unrestricted access.

  • Franklin, the Library's Online Catalog: unrestricted.

  • Databases and Selected Reference Sources (e.g. MEDLINE, Britannica Online, ISI Citation Indexes): licensed for the use of faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.

    In order to sign on to a database Penn faculty, staff, and students must have a valid PennKey with the correct authorization. If you are not able to sign on to a restricted database contact your library's circulation desk or call Van Pelt Circulation, (215) 898-7566.

  • CD-ROMs: In order to provide adequate access and support for research and study, use of compact disc databases in Van Pelt, Biomedical, and a number of other libraries is restricted to Penn faculty, staff, students and alumni. Use of compact disc databases received as depository documents is not restricted

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