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Alumni Services: Access E-Resources


The Penn Libraries is pleased to provide University Alumni from degree-granting programs with access to a suite of library-licensed e-resources for personal, non-commercial use. All users are expected to abide by University policies regarding acceptable use. An Alumni PennKey is required in order to access these resources. Current faculty, students and staff do not have access to these resources and are encouraged to use our full suite of academic research materials.

Alumni who visit campus are welcome to access the library's full suite of subscription electronic resources within library buildings. Details and restrictions may be found here.

If you already have an Alumni PennKey and know your password, click on the desired resource below and you will be prompted to enter your login information. 

Newly created Alumni PennKeys enter the Penn Library's authentication system the following business day, so there may be a 24 to 48 hour delay in activation.

Available Resources

Alumni PennKey Information

If you do not have an Alumni PennKey:

  • and you are a graduate or former student of a degree-granting program and your most recent term was in 1988 or later, click here to access PennKey-ASAP, the automated online PennKey request system exclusively for Penn alumni.

  • and you are a graduate or former student of a degree-granting program and your most recent term was *before* 1988 you will need to contact the office of Development and Alumni Relations to request a PennKey. They can be reached by email at or by phone at 215-898-8136 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. The credentialing process involves receiving a code via email that can be used to create a PennKey.


If you already have an Alumni PennKey:

  • and you want to check to see if you are using the right password, click here.

  • and you want to reset your password, click here for instructions.

Need Help?

PennKey Assistance

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Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

The University, through the Penn Libraries, has licensed these scholarly resources for the exclusive use and convenience of our alumni. Use of these resources requires that you abide by the University's Acceptable Use Policy, which requires that you agree to:

  • Respect the rights and intellectual property of others;
  • Conform to the University's mission of education, research, and service in the use of these resources;
  • Not systematically harvest or download excessive portions of resources;
  • Not redistribute content to non-subscribing persons or non-subscribing institutions.


Violation of this policy can result in the suspension of this privilege and can result in suspension or cancellation of access to a resource for the entire University.

Use of these resources indicates your agreement to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy.

The University and the Libraries are committed to protecting your privacy. Information collected through your use of this service is governed by the Privacy Policy: Development and Alumni Relations.

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