The main entrance to the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is now open. Van Pelt Library and the Fisher Fine Arts Library are currently open to Penn Card holders, Penn affiliates, and certain visitors. See our Service Alerts for details.

Who has privileges at Van Pelt Reserves?

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 Van Pelt Library.

Print reserves

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 on the 1st floor at the east end of the Van Pelt Circulation Desk, near the entrance to the Moelis Family Grand Reading Room. The online catalog, Franklin, shows "Van Pelt Reserve Desk" as the location when books are on reserve.


During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Van Pelt Reserve Desk is open from 9 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. Hours vary during holidays, intersessions, and summer semesters.

For students

Finding Reserve Materials

Van Pelt Reserve materials are arranged by call numbers and must be requested at the Van Pelt Reserve Desk. To find call numbers and other information about location, please consult the Canvas page for your course and click on the Penn Library Course Reserve button.

Use within the library

All reserve materials must be checked out at the Van Pelt Reserve Desk. They are primarily for in-library use. Reserve books may be used in other parts of Van Pelt Library during the 3-hour loan period. Reserve books may be checked out overnight after 10 p.m. and are due back at the opening of the following day.

To return a Reserve book: Please return Reserve materials to the Van Pelt Reserve Desk.


Due to the heavy demand for reserve books, fines are high. Fines are $1 per hour per book. Fines are computed until the time the book reaches Van Pelt Reserve.