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Computing in the Chemistry Library

The Chemistry Library provides the following public computing services:

Paid printing is available, using your PennCard or a Visitor's PennCash card. Costs are $0.07 per page for single-sided printing and $0.05 per page for duplex printing using the black and white printers. Color printing costs $0.28 per page. Please visit for printing instructions. You can add cash to your PennCard or buy a Visitor's PennCash card at the black box in the rear of the Chemistry Library, and you can also add money from your credit card at any of our computer stations.

Wireless access is available to members of the Penn community. The Chemistry Library uses the AirPennNet and AirPennNet Guest wireless networks. Instructions for configuring computers and getting access to the network appear at

Quick Reference Stations Three PC workstations are available in the main section of the library for all library users. They provide basic Web functions but do not offer productivity software.

Specialized Resources include SciFinder, Reaxys, Science of Synthesis/Houben Weyl, and the Cambridge Structural Database.

The Computer Resource and Teaching Room contains eight PCs designed and equipped to support chemical research. Each computer has both a DVD burner, as well as all appropriate database clients, a full Microsoft Office suite, Photoshop, ChemDraw, EndNote, Maple, Matlab, ftp and e-mail software, and Roxio Easy CD Creator.

The Computer Resource and Teaching Room is frequently used for workshops and classes, but it is open to members of the Penn community during library hours when no sessions are scheduled. A schedule is posted outside the door, and it is wise to phone ahead before making a special trip to use the facilities.

Computers are available on a first come, first served basis, but priority is given to those who need to use the workstations' specialized software.

Penn faculty, students and staff who connect to the Library from off-campus can access restricted resources through the Library's Proxy Server. Directions for using Science and Engineering resources off-campus are also available.