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Weigle Information Commons and Vitale Digital Media Lab in Van Pelt

The Weigle Information Commons (WIC) is a high-tech collaborative space for teaching, learning, and student assistance services.

The Vitale Digital Media Lab offers training, equipment and knowledgeable staff to assist patrons with video, audio, imaging, graphic design, and web publishing. Both WIC and Lab resources are available to all current Penn students, faculty, and staff.

3D Printing  at the Biomed and Education Commons libraries.
Find out more about the Education Commons and the Biomed Library                      

Hechtman Recording Studio (3rd Floor Van Pelt) - A video and photo production studio. Read more on the Commons website and contact David Toccafondi for more information.

Butler Assistive Technology Room (Ground Floor Van Pelt) includes an iMac and a PC desktop, a scanner, assistive software and a video magnifier. Software includes: Kurzweil reading software, Dragon speech to text software, Adobe and ReadIris software. More information is available at the guide:

Quiet Study spaces:
Grand Reading Room first floor of Van Pelt 
is an open space with lots of natural light.
Graduate Study Center (5th Floor Van Pelt), includes a Lactation Room/Mother’s Room, PennCard-accessible-only facility, study space reserved for graduate students only. 



Reference chat or submit a question (ask questions online with a library professional)—Chat reference  : click on the "Contact us" at the top of the Penn Libraries home page.  Professional library staff are available from 11-5 M-F, but you can send in a question any time: Your question will be sent to the correct specialist. You can also contact your specialist/liaison directly.

Consultations or orientations by appointment: You, your students, staff, or faculty members can always request an appointment for help with research or with using software or other technology. Either contact your specialist/liaison directly or fill out the form – your request will be directed to the right person.

Request the purchase of books or other scholarly materials for the Penn Libraries collections 

Tracking citations and assisting with locating materials in other libraries—contact your liaison by email, log onto chat, or submit your question via the form–if you, your staff, students, or faculty are having trouble tracking down a particular book, article , or other scholarly resource—we can assist you with that search. Ask your liaison about the different methods for retrieving books and articles: Books by mail, Scan and Deliver, Interlibrary Loan, BorrowDirect, E-ZBorrow. Find out more about library delivery services

Keep Faculty Publications up-to-date by using Web of Science, PubMed, or Scopus. Talk to your liaison for assistance. Find out more about services from the Biomedical libraries here:

Citation management-Your liaison can provide you with an introduction or direct you to another expert who can assist you with using Endnote, Mendeley, Refworks, or Zotero. Find out more about citation managers

Find out more about ScholarlyCommons: and Copyright through these guides. Or consult with your liaison.

Resources – training videos provides over 77,000 training videos related to new technologies and software. Faculty, students, and permanent staff can access Lynda through pennkey access via Lynda Campus.

Workshops on a wide variety of tools and topics—Discover and sign up for existing workshops. If you don't see what you need, let us know so we can create one for you.

Streaming Video—Browse the catalog – limit by [format: video] and [access: online]: View a search.  Or search by title or topic and limit to video and online. Even better, check out this guide to find out all the options.

Stream music and check out CDs--Find out more

E-books in most disciplines The Libraries have nearly 4 million e-books in a wide range of disciplines, topics, and publication years. To find ebooks: limit search format: book and access: online, sort by "publication date new to old," for currency. View a search.