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.


Access Special Collections

The Penn Libraries’ unique and notable collections items include annotated musical scores, photographs, medieval manuscripts, LGBTQ comic books, and more. Make an appointment to view material in-person in a designated reading room, arrange a class visit or activity, or request digital scans for remote research.

Ask a Question

Have a question about anything Penn Libraries, from the policies of a specific library building to help finding a book or article? Get in touch!

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.

Canvas Support

Find comprehensive support, training, and instructional design services for Canvas — Penn’s learning management system — and related educational technologies. Through online resources, workshops, and one-on-one training, learn how to integrate Canvas and other digital learning tools meaningfully into your academic work.

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.