On Sunday, December 10, 2023, 12:00 - 2:00 AM, Franklin, Colenda, and other Libraries applications may be unavailable due to a necessary system upgrade. Articles+ will be unaffected.


Ask a Question

Have a question about anything Penn Libraries, from the policies of a specific library building to help finding a book or article? Get in touch!


Register and request via Books-by-Mail to have Penn materials shipped to your off-campus home address. The library pays for the outbound shipment. You’ll be responsible for return shipping, or you can return materials to the Van Pelt Library ground floor outside book drop (to the right of the main entrance).

Borrow Textbooks

Looking to save on textbook costs? Many required texts are in the Libraries’ collections and you can borrow books for the entire semester.


Search multiple library collections simultaneously – including Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and the Center for Research Libraries – and request materials. Requests typically arrive in three to five days. Pick them up in one of our library locations or have them delivered to you through Books by Mail.

Canvas Support

Find comprehensive support, training, and instructional design services for Canvas — Penn’s learning management system — and related educational technologies. Through online resources, workshops, and one-on-one training, learn how to integrate Canvas and other digital learning tools meaningfully into your academic work.


Search the catalogues of over 60 academic libraries in Pennsylvania and nearby states and directly request books. Resources will be delivered to any Penn Library for pickup in 3 – 5 days, and loans last 12 weeks (no renewals).

Interlibrary Loan

Not finding what you need in the Penn Libraries’ collections? See if it’s available through another library instead! Interlibrary Loan books, videos and CDs are checked out on your Penn Libraries account with a loan period of 12 weeks (no renewals).

Managing Citations

Find information, support, and workshops on citation management tools, which help you keep track of articles and books as you find them, tag and annotate them, and easily create citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or other writing software.