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Graduate Student Services : Graduate Student Services at Penn

Links to library services available to graduate students


Penn Libraries offers many solutions for locating the materials you need.  Graduate student book loan periods usually run until the end of that semester. More details can be found through the Borrowing Periods page.

For distance students (living over 75 miles away), consider using Penn's Books by Mail Service. For more details, visit this page.

To learn more about borrowing materials from other Libraries view this guide about resource sharing

Connecting via the Libraries' Proxy Service

When you connect to databases and journals through the libraries records and links, you should be asked to login before going to the site. If you go directly to the database or journal via a Google search or the sites direct URL, this won't happen. The links below will assist you in connecting to resources available to you through your Penn affiliation no matter where you are:


  • Connect through EZ Proxy
    A guide to the libraries' proxy service: Look for PennText or Article linker icons to access online resources available through Penn Libraries' subscriptions and purchases. Use this link: to search directly through PennText
  • Proxy Bookmarklet
    This works similarly to the libx tool below. The button is a page reloader. If you're looking at an article in a database, and it doesn't know you're a Penn Libraries patron, simply click the button, enter your Pennkey / Password, and you're in. Browse your resource first, find the content you need, click the bookmark to log in, and continue.The button is a browser bookmark. Once it's added to your browser, access to these resources is one click away no matter where you are..

Digital Humanities at Penn

The Penn Libraries have broad expertise throughout the libraries. The Vitale II lab in the Kislak Center is a center for working groups, course meetings, and workshops, The Vitale Digital Lab in WIC offers equipment and training, and staff in WIC, Kislak, Collections, and Public Service are available for consultation and assistance. The links below will aid you finding programs, workshops, and assistance.

Research Help

Each subject area has an assigned librarian to assist you with your research. View the Subject Specialist to get connected with your librarian or visit the Ask a Subject Expert page.

To schedule an appointment with your librarian, send them an email or visit the Request a Consultation page 

Books By Mail

Links to Workshops

Learning Technology Available to Faculty

Course Reserves

Print reserves:  Instructors may place books, journal articles and other materials on reserve. To ensure maximum availability, reserve materials are generally charged out by the hour or overnight. The main reserve room at Penn is Rosengarten Reserve, located in the Undergraduate Study Center on the ground floor of the Van Pelt Library and open all night during the fall and spring semesters.

E-Reserves:  The reserve staff can assist in adding reading materials to your Canvas or Blackboard site.  Please contact Rosengarten Reserves directly.

To add e-books to your course reserves contact your librarian specialist.  Your librarian will know which publishers and platforms allow "unlimited simultaneous" access to ebooks and will therefore be the best option for your students.

Reserve Contacts:  For Van Pelt inquiries, contact Bijan Oliai at 215-898-7561 or  More contact information here:

Scholar Networks

Graduate Study Space in Van Pelt

Van Pelt - Dietrich Library Center now has a study area with individual carrels dedicated to graduate students. The room is located around the corner from the East Elevator on the 5th Floor--Room 507. Use your Penn ID to access the room. The study center includes a fully equipped Lactation Room (507.2) Accessible to graduate students via PennCard swipe. For more information contact For full campus map of all lactation spaces see: the How to Find On-Campus Nursing/Lactation Space page

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