Penn Library Delivers
Penn Library Delivers
The Penn Library offers a delivery service as a convenience to its faculty, staff and students. You may ask to have items delivered from one Penn library to another Penn library of your choosing.
Any Penn faculty, staff, medical staff or student may submit online requests to have an item delivered from one Penn Library to another (except Biddle Law Library). Patrons whose records are blocked will be unable to place requests.
Books, videos and CD-ROM's that normally circulate are available for delivery. The following are examples of materials NOT eligible for delivery:
- Reference materials
- Reserve materials
- Rare books
- Other non-circulating items
This service does not include photocopies. Items listed as lost, missing, charged, renewed, at bindery, in transit, etc., are not available and cannot be delivered.
Please note: Books in library stacks continue to be available for checkout to walk-in patrons. If another patron comes in person to the library stacks for the book you have requested, that patron WILL be able to check out the book. If you urgently need something, the best way to ensure that you get it is to come to the library as soon as possible.
How to Request Delivery
- Search Franklin, the online catalog, for a specific item.
- Display the individual record.
- Click on the "Request it (PennKey)" option on the right of the screen.
- From the Request menu, select "Get from LIBRA or a Penn Library"
- Follow the instructions on the form.
Requests will be processed daily Monday - Friday. Deliveries are made daily Monday - Friday on the Penn campus, and on Monday and Wednesday to and from the Library at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and Pennsylvania Hospital libraries. Please allow up to three working days from the time you submit your request until the item is available for pickup at your selected library.
Notification of Availability
You will receive a notice via email when the item you requested arrives at the pickup location.
If the requested item cannot be delivered, you will receive an email message explaining your options.
Information in Your Library Account
You can log in to your own record (click "PennKey Library Account" in the upper right corner of the Franklin record) at any time to see the status of your requests.
Requests will be displayed in either the "Requests Pending" or the "Items Available" section. Delivery requests that cannot be filled will be listed in the "Pending" section as not filled with a specific reason.
An item that is successfully retrieved will appear in the "Pending" section until it is received at the pickup location. At that point, the "Available" section will indicate the pickup location, and the date the item will be returned if not picked up.
If you have any comments or questions about Penn Library Delivers, please contact Van Pelt Library Circulation at firstname.lastname@example.org.