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Fisher Fine Arts Perkins Library

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The Fisher Fine Arts Perkins Library is a collection of monuments of architectural publishing.  It is located on the main level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library and holds approximately three thousand rare books as well as drawings and historic maps. The foundation of the collection is the single great book of Vitruvius Pollio (ca. 90-20 B.C.E.) together with works by the five figures from the Renaissance period: Alberti, Scamozzi, Serlio, Vignola, and Palladio.  The original collection was established in 1965 by G. Holmes Perkins who served as Dean of Penn's Graduate School of Fine Arts (as it was known then) from 1951 to 1971.  For more information about G. Holmes Perkins and the evolution of the rare book collection, please refer to William Keller's chapter, "Architecture Books in the Service of Learning: Persuasion and Arguement in the the Perkins Library," from The Penn Library Collections at 250 (Univeristy of Pennsylvania Library, 2000). 

Perkins Library Consultation Hours
The Perkins Library is open for consultations Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm. For use of the collection outside of these days and hours, please contact Hannah Bennett, Head, Fisher Fine Arts. 

Perkins Library Useage Policies
Collection materials may be requested using a Special Collections Research Account. If you are visiting for the first time, you must register before requesting any materials. Once you have created and logged into your account, you may request materials directly from our catalog. Staff will endeavor to deliver onsite materials promptly, but may limit the number of items you can request or consult at one time.  All materials will be consulted in our supervised image collection in the lower level. In order to view any materials, a current, valid photographic ID is required. Your ID card will be held at the circulation desk during your visit.  We welcome classes into our rare book room and are happy to coordinate a visit. Please contact Ed Deegan for more information. 

Restrictions & Rules
Laptop computers, small cameras, pencils, secondary material, and reference books may be brought into the rare book room or Image Collection. Pencils and paper for notes will be available. All other items, such as pens, highlighters, markers, tripods, and flatbed or hand scanners are not allowed.

Flash photography is prohibited. All items being brought into the rare book room or Image Collection will be inspected before you enter and again as you leave. 
Absolutely no food or drink is allowed when viewing our special collections.
All cell phones should be left on silent mode. We ask that patrons refrain from talking on cell phones while they are in the reading room.

Reprographic Services
The Fisher Fine Arts Library will coordinate photocopying and digital scanning services for you. All reprographic requests will be assessed by staff before processing the order. Your request may be denied depending on an item's physical condition, copyright laws, or other restrictions on use.

Patrons will receive an invoice for each order. Before the order can be completed, patrons must approve the amount being charged and remit payment to the Reprographics Coordinator.
Fees for Photocopies. Fees for photocopies are $0.35 per page, regardless of paper size. Photocopy orders for less than 100 pages will include a $5.00 service charge; orders exceeding 100 pages will include a $10.00 service charge.
Fees for Digital Scans. Our standard resolution for scanning materials is 600 dpi in TIF or JPEG formats. Individual scans are $1.00 per scan, regardless of resolution and file format. Complete works (entire books or collections of manuscripts) are $0.50 per page. Each scan order will include a $5.00 service charge for non-PennCard holders. We provide several scanning options for patrons requesting electronically accessible facsimiles or PDFs of books and manuscripts. Files can be customized individually and can be delivered on CD-ROM or electronically. Delivery of digital images by CD-ROM will cost an additional $2.00 per CD-ROM. PennCard holders are exempt from service fees.
Placing an Order
To submit a reprographic order, create or log into your Special Collections Research Account. After logging in, click on New Reprographic Order and search our online catalog, Franklin, or our online finding aids to find the item you wish to copy. Then complete the online New Reprographic Order form with as much detail as possible. Clearly identify the pages being requested and include a detailed description of your request.
If you are submitting a request from the reading room, please confirm the request with reading room staff, who will consult in turn with curators and with the Reprographics Coordinator. Special arrangements may be made as needed, such as for requests requiring specific scan resolutions, file formats, or delivery methods.
If you are submitting a request from another location, your request will be sent to the Reprographics Coordinator, who will record the progress of the request in your Special Collections Research Account.

All payments must be made in U.S. currency.
Payments by cash, money order, or check drawn on a U.S. bank can be mailed to us at the following address:
Attn: Reprographic Services Payments
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
Payments by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) can be made through our online system. You can also mail them to us at the address above or call 215-746-5826 to give your information over the phone. For your security, credit card information should not be transmitted via email.

Tax-Exempt Form
Patrons paying with the credit card of a tax-exempt institution will also need to send a copy of that institution's State Tax-Exempt Form for our records.

Copyright Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use,"; that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The University of Pennsylvania reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. It is the responsibility of the patron to obtain permission from the copyright holder to publish reproductions of special collections materials from the Perkins Library.