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.

Teaching and Learning at the Kislak Center

Overhead view of a class taking place in the Lea Library. A group of students is sitting around a table, watching a lecturer present at the front of the room.

Class Visits to the Kislak Center 

Instructors are invited to bring their classes to the Kislak Center and teach with special collections.  Visits typically occur on weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, but accommodations are made for evening classes or special events.

  • We ask that instructors inquire about a class visit at least one month before the proposed visit. Please email us at kislak@upenn.edu to make arrangements. The size of our classroom spaces vary and can limit the number of students who can visit at one time. 
  • Once the visit has been scheduled, curators will work with instructors to select materials. Instructors can also make requests through their Aeon research account in advance.
  • A Kislak Center staff member may stay in the classroom while collections are being used. All materials are subject to curatorial approval and may have restrictions or unique handling requirements.
  • Instructors must notify students of special collections practices, including:
    • No food or drink.
    • Bags must be left along the sides of the classroom.
    • Students are asked to arrive with clean hands. 
    • Students must use pencils, not pens, to take notes. 
    • Photographs are permitted without flash.

Semester-Long Courses 

Instructors who wish to build a semester-long seminar with special collections at the core of their class design are invited to teach their class in a Kislak Center seminar room. To discuss the role of special collections in a semester-long course please email us at kislak@upenn.edu

  • All materials are subject to curatorial approval and may have restrictions. A Kislak Center staff member may stay in the classroom while collections are being used.
  • When collections are present, all classrooms must follow special collections practices, including:
    • No food or drink.
    • Bags must be left along the sides of the classroom.
    • Students are asked to arrive with clean hands. 
    • Students must use pencils, not pens, to take notes. 
    • Photographs are permitted without flash.

Student Follow-up Visits to the Reading Room

  • Students are encouraged to continue their study of special collections for class projects in the Charles K. MacDonald Reading Room, and may do so by making an appointment with a Research Account.
  • When students arrive at the Reading Room, a staff member will be available to answer questions and guide them in using the collections and following reading room practices.
  • Teachers may meet with students about special collections materials in our small study rooms located in the Reading Room. Please consult with Sarah Heim, Public Services Librarian, to make advance arrangements.