Due to the interdisciplinary nature and prominence in Penn’s curriculum, physics and astronomy materials are found in a number of locations, notably the Math-Physics-Astronomy Library, the Van Pelt Library, and the Biomedical Library. The physics and astronomy collection includes a significant number of e-journals and provides funding for arXiv and SCOAP3. Because of space limitations, older journals and monographs, many of which are available online, are likely to be located in LIBRA. LIBRA offers article and chapter scanning services and book and journal delivery to campus libraries.
Areas of concentration include astrophysics, cosmology, biophysics and biomaterials, condensed matter, high energy physics, string theory, and mathematical physics.