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Bioinformatic Resource Services

Access bioinformatics-specific books, e-books, and journals; learn to use bioinformatics databases and tools; and get assistance on your research project. The Penn Libraries' services supplement the work of several Research Cores on campus, such as BIC and ITMAT, that address high-end bioinformatics needs for biomedical researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.


Register and request via Books-by-Mail to have Penn materials shipped to your off-campus home address. The library pays for the outbound shipment. You’ll be responsible for return shipping, or you can return materials to the Van Pelt Library ground floor outside book drop (to the right of the main entrance).

Borrow Equipment

Borrow more than just books! Check out equipment you may need for papers, projects, or research – or that you just want to try out – ranging from audio recording devices, to binoculars, to VR cameras.


Search multiple library collections simultaneously – including Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and the Center for Research Libraries – and request materials. Requests typically arrive in three to five days. Pick them up in one of our library locations or have them delivered to you through Books by Mail.

Data Visualization and Analysis Support

Need assistance making meaning out of data? Our librarians offer training in tools and methods for working with qualitative and quantitative data, from cleaning and analysis to mapping and visualization. If you need access to software for statistical analysis (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R), qualitative analysis (NVivo), or geospatial work (ArcGIS, QGIS), we’ve got that too!


Search the catalogues of over 60 academic libraries in Pennsylvania and nearby states and directly request books. Resources will be delivered to any Penn Library for pickup in 3 – 5 days, and loans last 12 weeks (no renewals).

Find a Space

Find a place to work, study, create, and collaborate in the Penn Libraries! Our library locations offer designated areas for quiet study; reservable rooms and booths for group study; computers, monitors, and other technology, including accommodations for disabilities; and different kinds of seating, lighting, and software to suit your needs.