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.

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Our History

Discover how we got started and where we're headed.

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School Library Partnerships

Learn about our collaboratively run school library spaces and check out our guides and training materials.

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Our Work with Students

Learn about our University of Pennsylvania work-study student team and find out how to become part of it.

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Collection Development

Explore our process for collecting books for school libraries and access some of our curated collections virtually!

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Meet the community and Penn partners that make our work possible

Contact Us

Location: Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 5th floor, Office 528

Phone: 215-898-2316