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Seat Reservations: Introduction

A limited number of seats in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center are available to reserve for individual study through July 16. Starting July 19, patrons may once again use self-serve study areas in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center without appointments. Reservable study spaces may also be booked starting July 19. 

In accordance with the latest University guidelines, all active Penn students, faculty, and staff will be eligible to reserve seats. This includes undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Patrons must comply with Penn's COVID-19 testing protocols and show a confirmed reservation for entry.

Reservations are required for entrance into the study space. Reservations must made no less than 12 hours in advance.

Operating hours are 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and eligibility will expand to all active Penn faculty, students, and staff.

Please review our policy and procedures before you make your reservation

How It Works

Seats are located on the ground floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich (see a floor map). Seats can be reserved online for a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 4 hours. Operating hours are 10am to 6pm on weekdays.

As you prepare to make your online reservation, be advised:

  • You will be prompted to enter your PennKey.
  • You will be asked to select your seat, choose the date and time, and submit your name and contact information. A confirmation email will summarize the details of your booking.
  • You will be asked to show your reservation confirmation upon entry to the building.

Health and Safety Guidelines

The safety of our staff and our users is our top priority. Patrons using the study space must review and follow our full policy and guidelines.

The Libraries remain otherwise closed to patrons at this time. Access to book stacks is by appointment only. Visitors must follow all safety procedures, including wearing face coverings and adhering to social distancing requirements, as described in the Student Campus Compact.

Patrons must wipe down their workspace after use. Sanitizing wipes will be provided.

Visitors are welcome to bring water; no other food or drink is permitted. Restrooms will be available to patrons.


Contact-free printing will be available, free of cost, to anyone with a reserved seat.

Tech support is available remotely through the University of Pennsylvania Tech Center. 


All reservable study seats are wheelchair-accessible. The Butler Assistive Technology Room can be reserved upon request.



Patrons can access materials reserved through Pickup@Penn during their seat reservation only with prior confirmation from the Circulation Department (contact for details).



The Libraries welcomes feedback on this program. Patrons are encouraged to complete this 2-minute survey.

Important Note: This service was designed to match current health and safety guidelines. We will continually assess how to best meet user needs while guaranteeing the safety of Penn Libraries staff and patrons.

All services are subject to change; revisions will be made as necessary with guidance from the University of Pennsylvania, city and state officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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