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Circulation: CHOP and UPHS

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

What library privileges do UPHS and CHOP have?

Students and faculty directly associated with the Perelman School of Medicine have full access to the suite of services and content.

 UPHS employees and staff from the three legacy hospitals (HUP, Pennsylvania, and Presbyterian Hospitals) are also covered by the license agreement that govern the use and accessibility of these research materials.

 UPHS employees and staff that are affiliated by the more recently purchased hospitals including  Penn Medicine Princeton Health,  Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Chester County Hospital - Penn Medicine have never been included in our licensing agreements. And therefore none of the campuses, groups or individual members of those institutions have legal access to the materials the library purchases.

CHOP - -  Access to online materials

While CHOP has close associations with the Penn community, there are no specific provisions for CHOP employees or staff to access online materials through the Penn Libraries. It is only to the extent that a CHOP user has an University of Pennsylvania academic appointment with a Penn department, is a current student at Penn, or is also an employee of the University of Pennsylvania that access may be granted.


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 Holman Biotech Commons -- email:; stop in; or phone (215) 898-5815.


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CHOP and UPHS - Interlibrary Loan

Can I use the libraries' interlibrary loan service?

The Holman 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 Holman Biotech Commons barcodes are issued). For more information about InterLibrary Loan at the Holman Biotech Commons, please visit our InterLibrary Loan page.

CHOP and UPHS - Borrowing

How do I borrow materials?

Use PennCard or Holman 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 Holman 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 Holman 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 Holman 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 Holman 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.


Access to E-resources

How do I access electronic resources?

PSOM and UPHS 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

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

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