Address and Contact Information

Johnson Pavilion
36th & Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-898-5818 
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Accessibility information: See Biotech Commons homepage

For Students Faculty and Staff Associated with the University of Pennsylvania

All students, faculty, and staff can visit the Biotech Commons and use its resources anytime the library is open. A valid photo ID (like a PennCard) must be shown at all times.

For All Other Visitors

Weekdays until 6pm, access to the library is unrestricted.

Evenings after 6pm, weekends, and holidays, access is restricted. Patrons must show current, valid identification in one of the following categories, without which they must leave at 6 pm:

  • PennCard or Penn Alumni Card

  • Photo ID from HUP, CHOP, Pennsylvania, or Presbyterian hospitals or UPHS affiliate

  • Biotech Commons Barcode accompanied by a photo ID

  • Library Courtesy Card accompanied by a photo ID

  • Photo ID from Drexel, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore, or a Research Libraries Group Shares Member.

Children of Penn faculty, staff, and students and other Library patrons may enter and remain in the Biotech Commons when accompanied by a parent.

The library is not open to elementary or high school students, but arrangements may be made for class groups, or for high school students who need to use depository documents. Contact us to inquire about arrangements.

Individual, unaffiliated visiting researchers and students, as well as Penn affiliates who wish to bring guests, can make special arrangements to visit the Biotech Commons in the evenings or weekends. Penn affiliates on behalf of their guests or individual researchers/students should call the Information Desk at 215-898-5815, email circbio@pobox.upenn.edu, or stop by the Information Desk in advance to arrange for access.

Due to licensing restrictions, access to most of the University's electronic resources is limited to Penn students, faculty, and staff. Please see the Electronic Resource Access policy.

Access to the University's Wireless AirPennNet network is limited and requires advanced setup. Guests should work with their sponsor or sponsoring organization to receive support. More information is available on Penn's AirPennNet Guest page.

Research Services

Librarians and library interns are available to provide answers to reference questions in person and to assist with research Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm.

Send us your subject-specific or general questions, and we'll make sure they are answered by the appropriate subject specialist. Turnaround time is usually within 24 hours.

Biotech Commons staff respond to chat questions 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (10am-4pm during summer months). Additional Penn Libraries staff are available via chat at other times.

Reference Librarians are available to meet individually with Penn students, faculty, and staff to provide research assistance. Reference librarians are also available for customized sessions, designed for the needs of your class.
Request an appointment or a session using our form.