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Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center - Services for Patrons with Disabilities

For additional library information please call: (215) 898-7555.

The accessible entrance to the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is through the Goldstein Undergraduate Study Center entrance on the ground floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. This entrance faces the Blanche P. Levy Park.There is a wheelchair accessible doorbell on the railing leading towards the door.

All visitors using the ADA entrance are expected to go to the security desk on the first floor to have their identification checked. Assistance will be provided if necessary. All bags and books may be subject to inspection upon exiting the building.

Staff in the Reference and Circulation Departments will arrange for general assistance upon request.

If extensive assistance is required, advance arrangements should be made:
  • To arrange for help in using the catalogs please call Ancil George at (215) 898-2316.
  • For help in retrieving books and periodicals from the stacks please contact Jonathan Segal or Lori Rowland.

Library Workstations: Wheelchair-accessible computer workstations are located in the Goldstein Undergraduate Study Center on the ground floor and on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center in the Microtext/Current Periodicals area.

Butler Assistive Technologies room
NOTE:This room is located in the Goldstein Undergraduate Center. It is restricted to Penn Card holders and is always locked. The staff at the Rosengarten Reserve desk will unlock the door so you can gain access to the workstations.

Available Hardware and Software:

We have technology for all kinds of needs and our aim is to make accommodation to support student learning. In order to get the best and latest equipment for our users we often wait for a potential user to tell the type of equipment needed before purchasing equipment that no current student wants. Please contact Susan Shapiro, Director, Student Disabilities Services, with your equipment needs.

Books by Mail: For a summary of this service, please see the Books by Mail page. Please contact Susan Shapiro in the Office of Student Disabilities Services to inquire about eligibility.

Carrels: Carrels are study desks located on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the library. Carrel holders may charge books to a carrel for an academic year. These easily accessible carrels are available to graduate and undergraduate students with disabilities. Students should contact Jonathan Segal or Lori Rowland at the Circulation Desk to arrange for a suitable carrel.

Fines: All patrons are responsible for returning library materials on time. Students should contact Jonathan Segal or Lori Rowland about problems concerning overdue books.

Orientation: Staff are pleased to conduct orientation sessions as needed. Requests should be made to Ancil George at (215) 898-2316.

Photocopying: Patrons are encouraged to bring a person with them to help with photocopying. If this is not possible, patrons with disabilities should contact Ancil George in the Access Services Department or Lori Rowland in Rosengarten Reserve.

Microtext/Current Periodicals & Newspapers: Staff is available to assist patrons with disabilities in using materials and equipment in this department. Please contact Johnathan Segal for assistance.

Rosengarten Reserve Reading Room: Staff are available to assist patrons with disabilities in retrieving materials which are on reserve.

Rest Rooms: Wheelchair-accessible rest rooms are located on the east side of the building on the ground, second, third, fourth and fifth floors and in the third floor west elevator lobby.

Telephones: There are no pay phones in the library. There is a free campus phone in Mark's Cafe on the ground floor which can be used to dial University 417, 573, 746 or 898 numbers. For emergency use of a phone , please contact the staff of the Rosengarten Reading room in the Goldstein Undergraduate Study Center.

Van Pelt Library Staff Contacts: The University Library urges patrons with disabilities to contact Van Pelt staff members listed here, or Library Subject Specialist, to discuss specific needs and concerns. The Libraries work closely with Student Disabilities Services. Patrons may also wish to bring library-related issues to Susan Shapiro, Student Disabilities Services.

Ancil George, Community Outreach Librarian; Coordinator of library service for patrons with disabilities
phone: (215) 898-2316

Lori Rowland, Assistant Head of Resource Sharing.
phone:(215) 898-0701

Jonathan Segal, Van Pelt Circulation
phone: (215) 898-7094

Jonathan Segal, Current Periodicals & Newspapers
phone: (215) 898-8211

Susan Shapiro,Director, Student Disabilities Services
voice: (215) 573-9235; TDD: (215) 746-6320