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New Student Orientation: Meet Your Librarians

We get it: the libraries have so much to offer, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start! Our librarians are here to help you navigate these complexities to find exactly what you need - whether you're working on a research assignment, trying to develop a new skill, or just looking to satisfy a curiosity. From African Studies to Digital Mapping to Veterinary Science, one of our specialists can help you explore the topic that interests you. View our welcome videos below and meet some of your librarians here at Penn. 

Get in Touch

Chat Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. |  Video consultations by appointment. 
Send us a question any time! We’ll respond in 24 hours or less. 
Meet your personal librarian. Find contact information for each of our 50 subject specialists. 

John Pollack
Rare Books and Special Collections

Shannon Robinson
History of Art, Fine Arts, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation

Brian Vivier
Chinese Studies

Mayelin Perez
Literatures in English and Theater Studies

Emily Esten
Judaica Digital Humanities

Girmaye Misgna
Mapping and GIS

Lauren Gala
Math, Physics, and Astronomy

Rebecca Stuhr
Classical Studies, Ancient History, Russian and Eastern European Studies

Aman Kaur
Engineering and Community Health

Matt Trowbridge
Business Research

Nick Okrent
World History, Africana Studies, Asian American Studies, and Philosophy

Liza Vick

Deb Stewart
Anthropology and Archaeology

Melanie Cedrone
Earth and Environmental Science, Biology, Biomedical Reseach, and Medicine

Laurel Graham

Heather Hughes
Middle East

Rebecca Mendelson
Japanese and Korean Studies

Kelly Tuttle
Manuscripts of the Muslim World

Kevin Thomas
Business and Data Analysis

Lauris Olson
African Studies, Communication, Criminology, Political Science, Linguistics, Sociology, and Economics

Nick Herman
Medieval Studies

Bruce Nielsen
Judaica Studies

Richard James
Nursing and Medical Ethics