The main entrance to the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is now open. Van Pelt Library and the Fisher Fine Arts Library are currently open to Penn Card holders, Penn affiliates, and certain visitors. See our Service Alerts for details.

The University of Pennsylvania is a private institution and its libraries are private libraries, maintained to support the teaching and research mission of the University. Use of the Libraries' electronic resources is generally restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff in order to comply with license agreements for educational use and to ensure access to limited resources.

Visitors to the library are invited to use Franklin, the Library's online catalog, and resources that have unrestricted access.

Databases and Selected Reference Sources (e.g. MEDLINE, Britannica Online, ISI Citation Indexes) are licensed only for the use of faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.

In order to sign on to a database Penn faculty, staff, and students must have a valid PennKey with the correct authorization. If you are not able to sign on to a restricted database, contact your library's circulation desk or call Van Pelt Circulation, 215-898-7566.