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.


  • Books by Mail

    For a summary of this service, please see the Books by Mail page. Please contact Aaron Spector in the Office of Student Disabilities Services to inquire about eligibility.

  • Alternative format materials requests

    If you need any library materials converted into an accessible format, please send an email request to and include the item information and type of remediation needed (e.g. accessible PDF, captions, transcription, image description).

  • SensusAccess

    SensusAccess is an easy-to-use OCR tool that allows users to transform documents into many formats, including MP3, DAISY, EPUB, and digital Braille. Penn now has a subscription for all university students, faculty, and staff: 

Group on Library Diversity (GOLD)

The Group on Library Diversity (GOLD) supports the University of Pennsylvania Libraries Diversity Statement, including its commitment to foster and ensure a welcoming and respectful environment for all library staff and users.

Contact: Rebecca Stuhr

GOLD Website