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Van Pelt Library - Rosengarten Reserves

Van Pelt Library - Rosengarten Reserve Room

Reserve materials are books, journal articles, etc. which are required reading for a Penn course. Required readings for social sciences and humanities courses are to be found in the Undergraduate Study Center (Rosengarten Reserve Room) (ground floor east, 215-898-7561). The online catalog, Franklin, shows "ROSENGARTEN RESERVE" as the location when books are in Rosengarten.


During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Undergraduate Study Center (including Rosengarten Reserve) is open from 10am Sunday until 12 midnight on Friday, and from 10 am to 2am on Saturday. Hours vary during holidays, intersessions, and summer semesters.

Finding Reserve Materials

Rosengarten Reserve materials are arranged by call numbers and must be requested at the Rosengarten Reserve Desk. To find call numbers and other information about location, please consult Franklin. You can search for reserve materials by course and by instructor.

Who has privileges in Rosengarten?

All University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, and staff are eligible to use reserve materials and to borrow those items that circulate. Visitors who have a Library Courtesy Card may use reserve materials only in Rosengarten. After midnight or when the rest of Van Pelt is closed, the Undergraduate Study Center is open only to members of the Penn community.

Use within the library

All reserve materials must be checked out at the Rosengarten Reserve Desk. They are primarily for use in Rosengarten. However, reserve books, with the exception of personal copies kept at the Desk, may be used in other parts of Van Pelt Library during the 3-hour loan period.

To return a Reserve book: Please return Reserve materials to the Rosengarten Desk. Reserve material should never be returned to the Van Pelt Circulation Desk.


Because Reserve books are in such heavy demand, fines are high. Fines are $1.00 per hour per book. Fines are computed until the time the book reaches Rosengarten. Return Reserve books only to the Rosengarten Reserve Room.

Faculty Contact Information

For general information about the reserve department and services in Van Pelt, contact Lori Rowland at 215-898-7557 or The deparmental email is