Biomedical Library reserves

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Who has privileges at Biomedical Reserve?

All University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, staff, employees of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (HUP, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian, Phoenixville, and Affiliate Teaching Hospitals) and CHOP are eligible to use reserve materials and to borrow those items that circulate. Readers must present a current PennCard or Biomedical Library Borrowing Card when borrowing reserve materials. Visitors who have a Library Courtesy Card may use reserve materials only in while in the Biomedical Library.

Print reserves

Reserve materials are books, journal articles, videos and cd-roms located for convenient professional access or for a Penn course. Required readings for the Medical School, Nursing School, Biology and Biomedical Graduate Studies Departments and many basic medical and nursing texts are available at the Circulation/Reserve desk; phone 215-898-4114. The online catalog, Franklin, shows "Biomedical reserve" as the location when books are at the Circulation/Reserve desk in the Biomedical Library.


The Biomedical Circulation/Reserve desk is open all hours the Biomedical Library is open:

  • Monday through Thursday 8am until 12am
  • Fridays from 8am to 10pm
  • Saturdays from 10am to 6pm
  • Sundays from 10am to 12am

Weekdays after 6pm, weekends and holidays, Biomedical is open only to members of the Penn community. Hours vary around major holidays. Check hours.

For students

Finding Reserve Materials

Staff at the Circulation/Reserve desk will retrieve materials when you submit a call number.
To find call numbers and other information about location, please consult Franklin. You can search for reserve materials by course and by instructor.

Use within the library

The requested item is charged to your PennCard, Biomedical Library Borrower's Card or Library Courtesy Card for a 2-hour period. When you borrow, you may request a longer borrowing period, or ask to renew one time. If the item is heavily used, borrowing is limited to 1 hour with no renewals. If you do not have a borrower's card, ask for assistance.

Home use

Certain reserve books may be checked out for home use overnight after 11pm Sundays through Thursdays, after 9pm on Fridays, and after 5pm on Saturdays. Clasp envelope materials and video-cassettes do not circulate overnight.

Returning Biomedical Reserve Books

Return all Biomedical Library Reserve books only to the Biomedical Circulation/Reserve desk. Reserve items should not be returned to other campus Libraries. When returning items checked out overnight, if the Biomedical is closed, use the book return slot next to the outside entrance to the Biomedical Library.

Books are due on the next day the Library is open; by 9am Monday to Friday, by 11am Saturday and Sunday.


The Biomedical Library does not charge fines for in-house reserve use.

For faculty

Faculty Online Course Registration

Faculty may register a course online by selecting the FORM feature at the bottom of the Library web page. The direct URLfor the online Course Reserve Request is:

Be sure to select the "Biomedical Library" from the pull down menu.

Individual books may be selected through Franklin. Search for the bibliographic record, then select the "Request" button at the top of the page. After enter your ID/password, you may select "Place on reserve at Biomed." Follow the instructions.



For routine processing inquiries regarding all items to be placed on Reserve or Canvas, contact Paul Ryersbach at 215-898-4114 or

For other questions or information about copyright restrictions, contact Carlos Rodriguez at 215-898-9610 or