Access to the College Green area of campus will be restricted until further notice. PennCard holders and some Penn affiliates may enter and exit Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center through the Rosengarten Undergraduate Study Center on the ground floor, and may enter and exit the Fisher Fine Arts Library through the 34th Street entrance to Meyerson Hall. See our Service Alerts for details.

Materials Library

The Fisher Fine Arts Materials Library is a collection of over 7000 material samples that serves academics, designers, material scientists and engineers. The Materials Library is open Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm, and is accessible by appointment only. Schedule a visit today using our request form.

Shelves of colorful art materials.

About the Materials Library

The Materials Library is accessible and of interest to anyone with a passing curiosity about the material world, and frequently hosts the Weitzman School of Design’s professional programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Fine Arts, and Historic Preservation. A diverse and interdisciplinary collection, the samples range from construction materials like Indiana limestone and recycled plastic roofing shingles to emergent and cutting-edge materials like conductive paint and graphene aerogels to materials of historical importance like ultramarine pigments and Tyrian purple, a dye prized by Roman emperors.

The collection is intended for hands on exploration. Patrons are encouraged to interact with the materials to discover their properties and further their own research and exploration. The collection can be accessed in person or remotely in our online database which includes images and material descriptions. We continue to actively explore and collect new materials with an emphasis on sustainable, recycled, eco-friendly and healthy materials, and invite others to submit requests for new samples or areas of collecting.

Where to print, copy, scan

Accordion List

Up to 10

No food is allowed in the Fisher Fine Arts Library. Beverages in covered containers are allowed.

Location and Accessibility


Nearby Bathrooms

Men's and women's accessible bathrooms are on the Lower Level, in the Duhring Wing of the building.

For access, please find a staff member or call 215-898-9870. The door between Fisher and the Duhring Wing is alarmed and will summon campus police.

Accessible Entrance

Fisher accessible entrance

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