This spring and summer, we’re reorganizing the stacks in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Check the chart below for the up-to-date location of these shifting collections. Anything marked “in transit” is currently inaccessible in the stacks, but our library staff can pull it for you: simply select your item in the Franklin catalog, click the blue “Get It” button, and request pickup at our automated lockers or at the Penn library location of your choice.

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library                                     
Center Stack Directory


Center for Global Collections Books

Located on Floor 5


Lippincott Library Books

Located on Floors 2 & 3, West


Van Pelt Library Books


Library of Congress Call Numbers

Call number letter Library of Congress classification Floor and wing of building
A General Works 3 West
B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion 4 East
C History: Auxiliary Sciences 5 East
D History: General and European 5 East & West
E History: United States 5 West
F History: Western Hemisphere 5 West
G Geography, Anthropology, Recreation 5 West
H Social Science, Economics, Sociology 4 East
J Political Science 4 East & West
K Law 4 West
L Education 4 West
M Music 4 West
NX Fine Arts Multidisciplinary 3 East
P Literature and Languages 3 East & West
Q Science 3 West
R Medicine 3 West
S Agriculture 3 West
T Technology 3 West
U Military Science 3 West
V Naval Science 3 West
Z Bibliography and Library Science 3 West






Special Locations in Van Pelt


If a book’s call number contains one of the prefixes listed below, then that book is in a Special Location.

Prefix Special Location
Bestsellers Lee Lounge, 1 East
East Asia East Asia Collection 5 West
East Asia Comics East Asia Collection, 5 West
E. F. Smith Use "Request to View" in Franklin Catalog
Folio Oversized book, 4 West
Furness Furness Shakespeare Library, 6 East
Kislak Center Use "Request to View" in Franklin Catalog
Lea Library Use "Request to View" in Franklin Catalog
Lippincott, Lipp Lippincott Library, 2 & 3 West
Marian Anderson 4 West Music Study Center
New Book Display Van Pelt-Dietrich Lobby
Ormandy Music &                                     
Media Center
4 West
Reserve Van Pelt-Dietrich Reserve Desk, 1 East
Special Use "Request to View" in Franklin Catalog
Videos Request at Circulation Desk, 1 East
Yarnall Yarnall Collection, 4 West

Seminar Rooms in Van Pelt

(Books do not circulate.)

Seminar Room Floor and wing of building
Africana Studies 3 East
Classics 3 East
East Asia 5 West
Judaica/Ancient Near East 4 East
Medieval Studies 4 East
Middle East 5 West
Marian Anderson (Music) 4 West
South Asia Studies Reading Room 5 West

For More Information

If the book you want is not on the shelf and is not charged out, check

  • the book sorting areas facing the east elevators on floors 3 & 4
  • the book trucks on floors 3 - 5
  • Copy machine areas in 1 East and on floor 3
OR fill out a search form (at the Circulation Desk or in the elevator lobbies in the stacks).
OR use the "Report it missing" link in Franklin.