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Museum Library

The Museum Library has 34 carrels and 20 shelves that can be reserved for the academic year by students and researchers who have valid Penn Libraries patron accounts and active PennCards (for example, currently enrolled Penn students, post-doctoral researchers with faculty or associate status, current Alumni PennCard holders, or registered Courtesy Borrowers).

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To reserve a carrel, please see Sheryl Tisdale at the Museum Library circulation desk or submit your request by e-mail to muselib@pobox.upenn.edu (include your full name, PennID number, status, and department affiliation). Due to a limited number of carrels and shelves, senior majors in Anthropology and graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences are given priority until the morning of Sept. 10, 2018; all other interested patrons will be placed on a waitlist and notified after Sept. 10th if the Museum Library is able to honor their requests. Thereafter, unclaimed carrels and shelves will be assigned to eligible patrons upon request.


Conditions of use:

  • Penn Libraries is not responsible for personal items left in carrels, on the shelves, or in drawers. The Museum Library reserves the right to inspect carrels and shelves.
  • To charge library materials out to a carrel or shelf, patrons must bring their PennCard and the materials to the Museum Library circulation desk and give their assigned carrel or shelf number to the staff member. Staff will charge out the materials to the carrel and insert a flag.
  • Unflagged library materials on carrels or shelves are assumed to be not properly signed out and will be removed by library staff.
  • Library materials must fit comfortably on the shelf or carrel and should be stored in such a way as not to damage the books, i.e., upright on the shelf, shelved spine down, or neatly stacked with smallest items on top, largest items on the bottom.
  • Carrels and shelves should be kept clean and organized. Tape, glue, pencils, and pens should not be applied to carrel or shelf surfaces.
  • If library staff sees that a reserved carrel or shelf is seldom used, the patron to whom the carrel or shelf is assigned will be contacted about either giving up the assignment or sharing it.


For wheelchairs

Sufficient doorway & hallway clearance.
Automatic doors or no doors.

Orthopedic accessibility

Chairs have adjustable height.


Natural and/or non-fluorescent lighting.

Nearby bathrooms

The nearest accessible bathroom is located on the first floor of the museum. Take the elevator down, to your left should be a way into one of the museum's entrances where the bathroom is located.