The Chemistry Library is located on the fifth floor of the Chemistry Department, in the Class of 1973 Wing. The library houses an extensive collection of circulating and non-circulating books, print journals, and reference works, in addition to its many electronic resources, but the majority of the facility is devoted to spaces for chemists to work, read, and collaborate.
The Chemistry Library offers different spaces for different types of work and collaboration. We like to think that there is something here for everyone!
The Chemistry Library has a number of spaces that can be reserved for various purposes by graduate students. All reservations can be made in person at the Chemistry Library circulation desk, by phone at (215) 898-2177, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chemistry Library issues library keys to current Chemistry Department faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. These keys will allow you to access the current and bound journal collections twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. To sign out a library key, please see a member of full-time staff in the library between 9:00AM and 4:30PM. You will need to bring your PennCard and a $10 deposit, which is refunded when the key is returned.
The Chemistry Library can make course materials available to your students in print or digital format and can also help you navigate Canvas, Penn's courseware system.
The sheer quantity of available information can be daunting at times during your research. We aim to ensure that you can find the piece of information you need when you need it in order to move your research to the next stage.
Most of Penn's chemical information is in electronic format, accessible 24/7 from any location, and we encourage you to browse and make use of our wide selection of digital databases, e-journals, e-books, e-reference works, and more.
Books are a great way to get up to speed on a new topic! The Chemistry Library actively collects books in all areas in which Penn Chemistry researches. Graduate students may borrow as many books as they'd like and keep them for a full semester, with unlimited renewals. New books are on display in the lounge area of the Chemistry Library Reading Room. They remain on display for one week, after which they are sent to the circulating stacks. The date on which they will be available to be borrowed appears on the colored slip inside the book. If you wish to be the first to check out a new book, write your name and e-mail address on the slip, and we will hold the book for you.
Even if the Chemistry Library does not have the information that you need, we can get it for you from another campus location or another university's library. Visit http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/125512/ for a list of delivery and access services available at the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn Library Delivers items from other campus libraries to the Chemistry Library for your convenient pick-up.
BorrowDirect+ is an "expedited interlibrary loan" service that lets you search a combined catalog and directly request books not currently available at Penn; most books arrive within 4 working days. The University of Pennsylvania participates in two borrowing consortia: Borrow Direct searches the catalogs of major research library partners; and EZ-Borrow searches the catalogs of over 60 libraries in Pennsylvania and nearby states.
Interlibrary Loan If you need a book or journal article that Penn and its Borrow Direct and EZ-Borrow partners do not own, the Library's Interlibrary Loan department will be happy to help you obtain it in a timely fashion.
Purchase Requests If the Chemistry Library lacks a critical text or reference item in your area of research, we will consider purchasing it for our collection. Contact Judith Currano (215-746-5886, email@example.com) with purchase requests.
Penn licenses a service called iThenticate to check research work for plagiarism or self-plagiarism (also called text-recycling or dual publication.) This service is available to any Penn researcher who is an author of a research document, such as a journal article, conference paper, or dissertation. Work required for courses may not be input into iThenticate; the sister-service, TurnItIn, can be used for this purpose. In order to use iThenticate, please follow these steps.
For more information about using iThenticate or if you have any other questions about publication ethics, please contact Judith Currano.
Judith Currano has been the head of Penn's Chemistry Library since 1999. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and English from the University of Rochester, where she did research in the lab of Bob Boeckmann, and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Judith's research interests include effective teaching techniques in chemical information, techniques of organizing and retrieving structural data, research and publication ethics, and how chemists interact with the primary journal literature. She currently chairs both the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre and the ACS Committee on Ethics; she is active in ACS, the Special Libraries Association, and the Penn Women in Chemistry group; and she edits one issue per year of the Chemical Information Bulletin.