The Penn Libraries provides support and resources for teaching, research, and learning through 14 individual libraries, vast physical and digital collections, personal consultations, workshops, and other services.

The Libraries’ print and digital collections include more than 7 million books and other items, including journals, databases, streaming video, musical scores, and more, with materials in more than 400 languages.

Our website is the gateway to these collections and to other library resources and services available to Penn students. Learn the basics in our Quick Start Guide, search Franklin, our online catalog, and learn more about all that the Libraries has to offer.

Visit and Study

Each of the Penn Libraries locations has unique resources available to students, whether they are studying dentistry, design, or anything in between. See all locations and hours.

The Libraries offers spaces for students to work, study, create, and collaborate, featuring:

  • Designated areas for quiet study
  • Reservable rooms and booths for group study
  • Computers, monitors, and other technology
  • Different kinds of seating, lighting, and software to suit individual needs


To get help with research, students can submit questions online or make an appointment for in-person assistance. 

Librarians are available on live chat from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and for video consultations by appointment. You can also send us a question any time and we’ll respond in 24 hours or less.

Need guidance related to a particular subject? From Accounting to Philosophy to Veterinary Sciences, one of our subject specialists can provide customized assistance, or browse online Research Guides by subject.


Penn Libraries workshops are hosted throughout the academic year. Workshops are designed to offer a deeper dive into resources and services and equip students with the skills they need to make the most of their academic experience.


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