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Access to Restricted resources, such as most databases & e-journals, or the Oxford English Dictionary, are only available to University of Pennsylvania faculty, students, and staff. To provide off-campus access these resources, the Library uses a Proxy server.

You can use the Library's Proxy Service if you have a valid PennKey.

Appropriate use of these resources is governed by our license agreements with the providers. More information is available here.

Authenticating for Library Resources & Services
(Authenticate yourself now if you'd like.)

What is my PennKey?
A registered PennKey and password are required to access an increasing number of electronic services at the University. These include:

What is my Penn Library ID?

  • For PennCard holders, your Penn Library ID number is ten digits.Use the second and third group of numbers printed on your ID card. The second group is eight digits and the third group is 2 digits. Enter these digits without a space between the two groups.

When am I Prompted to Authenticate?

What do I Use to Authenticate?

  • For the Library Proxy Service, you must use your PennKey name & password.
  • For Franklin, the Penn Library Catalog, you must use your last name and your Penn ID Number.