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New Student Orientation: Library Snapshots

Library Snapshots

The Penn Libraries consists of fourteen libraries. Each of them has unique resources available to you, whether you are studying dentistry, design, or anything in between. Explore our snapshot profiles below to get a look at what each of our libraries has to offer.


Fisher Fine Arts Library

Interior of the Fisher Fine Arts Library, showing large arched windows and doorways and long tables

Top 3 Things:

  • Check out our collections, which include rare historic and contemporary titles about architecture, historic preservation, fine arts, city planning, landscape architecture, and the history of art.
  • Visit the Common Press, a letterpress and book arts studio.
  • Contact our experienced staff to get your question answered! 

Did you know: Our Materials Library has a searchable database of over 7,000 samples, from Vantablack to 3D-printed concrete!

www.library.upenn.edu/finearts

Annenberg Library, Annenberg School for Communication

student reading a book

Top 3 things:

Did  you know: Our Television Script archive includes all of Miami Vice, several hundred pilots, thousands of soap operas, and many made-for-TV movies.

www.library.upenn.edu/annenberg

Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center

A man stands in an aisle between library bookshelves holding a woodwind instrument

Top 3 Things:

Did you know: We regularly host performances in the library and share our collections through online exhibits.

library.upenn.edu/music

Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Sepia photograph of a crown with an open torah case on the front of it

Top 3 Things:

Did you know: You can transcribe medieval fragments through the Scribes of Cairo Genizah Project. Our downtown Philadelphia location, with its Rare Book Room (8,000+ printed books & 500+ manuscripts in 13 languages) and Archives Room (50+ collections), holds the original fragments.

library.upenn.edu/lkcajs

Biotech Commons

a collect of 3-D printed milky-white plastic objects sit on a black table

Top 3 Things:

Did you know: The Biotech Commons is our redesigned, state-of-the-art home of our biomedical library. Newly renovated and reimagined during 2021, it will be opening sometime this fall.

library.upenn.edu/biomed

Van Pelt Library

Front of Van Pelt Library surrounded by green trees

Top 3 things:

  • Use our new contactless automated lockers to pick up reserved books and other materials whenever the library is open.
  • Check out books with our Meescan app, now available for iOs and Android, or using kiosks found in many library locations.
  • Residential students, get your books delivered to your College House Monday through Friday.

Did you know: The library building may have been closed to visitors during the pandemic, but our staff never stopped making library materials available to the Penn Community.

guides.library.upenn.edu/circulation

Math/Physics/Astronomy Library

A couch and small coffee table next to windows in a library, with people sitting in carrels in the background

Top 3 Things:

  • Learn LaTeX, the typesetting language for math and scientific articles, dissertations, and homework.
  • Learn research techniques for specialty resources like MathSciNet.
  • Find required textbooks for most math, physics, and astronomy courses and use them inside the library.

Did you know: Need a quiet space brimming with natural light to study or recharge? Visit the MPA Library on the third floor of the David Rittenhouse Laboratory.

www.library.upenn.edu/mpa
 

Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library

Dental Library reading room

Top 3 Things:

Did you know: Currently, the Dental Library is only open to dental students.

www.library.upenn.edu/dental

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts

Looking down on students sitting at a table covered in laptops and historical documents

Top 3 Things:

Did you know: Our "Discovering Marian Anderson" website lets you explore digitized scrapbooks, diaries, photographs, sheet music, and recordings of famous opera singer and icon of African American history.

www.library.upenn.edu/kislak
 

Veterinary Libraries

dog with veterinarian

Top 3 Things:

Did you know: Our veterinary anatomy computer-based learning programs and atlases allow you to examine, in 3D, a pig's stomach, a cat's skeleton, and much more.

www.library.upenn.edu/vet

Penn Museum Library

museum library with egyptian statues

Top 3 Things:

Did you know: Located in the Penn Museum, the quiet, studious Museum Library offers over 180 seats in a variety of styles, from ergonomic office chairs to comfy lounge chairs to graduate-student carrels.

library.upenn.edu/museum

Lippincott Library of the Wharton School

Libarary reading room with couches around a central table, shelves in the background, and a computer screen on the wall

Top 3 Things:

Did you know: We can help you locate business and economic datasets, consult about statistical procedures, and support analysis and visualization in Excel, R, and other software.

www.library.upenn.edu/lippincott/

Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship

Two women stand in front of a map of Philadelphia that is projected on a screen

Top 3 Things:

Did you know: We can help you learn how to find, manage, and visualize data; create a scholarly podcast, journal, or website; and increase the impact of your research!

guides.library.upenn.edu/digital-scholarship

Chemistry Library

Chemistry Library study space

Top 3 things

Did you know: Learning to search for chemical information is a part of many undergraduate chemistry classes.

library.upenn.edu/chemistry