On Sunday, December 10, 2023, 12:00 - 2:00 AM, Franklin, Colenda, and other Libraries applications may be unavailable due to a necessary system upgrade. Articles+ will be unaffected.


Close up of orrery built by David Rittenhouse in 1770


Our Mission and History


Reading Room

Access Kislak Center Collections On-Site and Remotely

Ramusio, Giovanni Battista. Secondo Volume Delle Nauigationi Et Viaggi Nel Quale Si Contengono L'historia Delle Cose De Tartari, & Diuersi Fatti De Loro Imperatori, Descritta Da M. Marco Polo Gentilhuomo Venetiano, & Da Hayton Armeno. 1559.


Fellowships and Support for Researchers, Students, and Faculty 



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Sean Quimby

Associate University Librarian & Director of the Jay I. Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts | Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies smquimby@upenn.edu

Location and Accessibility


The accessible entrance of Van pelt-Dietrich Library Center opens into the Goldstein Undergraduate Study Center. This entrance is on the ground floor of the building facing Blanche P. Levy Park and College Hall. A wheelchair accessible doorbell is located on the railing leading toward the door.

Accessible Entrance

Accessible entrance, ground floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

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