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Circulation: HUP/CHOP, SOM affiliates, and UPHS

CHOP, SOM affiliates, and UPHS - Access, Borrowing, & E-Resources

See the Libraries' Return to Campus FAQ for the latest updates on library services.

What library privileges to CHOP, SOM affiliates, and UPHS have?

University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) employees (HUP, Pennsylvania, and Presbyterian Hospitals) and CHOP employees have Penn Library privileges including access to any Penn Library, borrowing books and other materials from any Penn Library, and (with an appropriate PennKey and password) access to all Penn Library online resources such as MEDLINE, Web of Science, and e-journals.

UPHS and CHOP employees can gain access to any Penn Library by showing a UPHS or CHOP ID. More information on the specific access policies and hours of each Penn Library is available at Library Access Policies and Hours.

If you need more information about Borrowing, barcodes, PennKeys for Library resources, or are not able to sign on to a restricted resource or computer, contact the Biotech Commons -- email:; stop in; or phone (215) 898-5815.


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CHOP, SOM affiliates, and UPHS - Interlibrary Loan

Can I use the libraries' interlibrary loan service?

The Biotech Commons can obtain books and copies of journal articles not owned by the University Library System. This benefit is limited to those patrons with a PennKey and a Library Account (Library Accounts are established when Biotech Commons barcodes are issued). For more information about InterLibrary Loan at the Biotech Commons, please visit our InterLibrary Loan page.

CHOP, SOM affiliates, and UPHS - Borrowing

How do I borrow materials?

Use PennCard or Biotech Commons Barcode to borrow.

Barcode Stickers: UPHS and CHOP employees who are not eligible for PennCards (used by Penn faculty, students, and staff for borrowing) may apply at the Biotech Commons Circulation Desk for a barcode sticker to be placed on their current institutional ID. This will allow them to borrow items from any of the Penn Libraries. For more information about borrowing eligibility contact the Biotech Commons Circulation Desk, email: or (215) 898-5815.

Expiration Date: Barcode stickers expire 1 year from the date of activation. They must be renewed in person at the Biotech Commons Circulation Desk.

Loan Periods: All Libraries: 28 days. Patrons without a Penn ID may not borrow books from the Biddle Library.

Renewals: Patrons may renew books online in Franklin directly by selecting the "My Account" button in Franklin. For details visit: Renew your own books online!.

Fines: There are no fines for overdue books at the Biotech Commons except for overdue interlibrary loan items. However, there are fines for non-returned and lost items, as well as processing fees that may be assessed.


CHOP, SOM affiliates, and UPHS - E-resources

How do I access electronic resources?

UPHS and eligible CHOP employees can access Penn Library electronic resources including restricted online databases and e-journals. Access is controlled through the Library's proxy service using PennKey. In addition, a PennKey is required for access to Library workstations and the Library's wireless network and wireless laptops. More information is available at PennKey Information for CHOP, SOM affiliates, and UPHS.

If you are having trouble accessing resources, please email the Biotech Commons staff at