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Services for Math/Physics/Astronomy Graduate Students Offered by the MPA Library

Welcome to the Math/Physics/Astronomy Library

The Math/Physics/Astronomy Library offers a multitude of resources to assist you in your research and teaching while you are at the University of Pennsylvania. Below is a brief overview of the services the library offers to MPA graduate students. Please contact Lauren Gala, Science and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Math/Physics/Astronomy Library for a more in-depth introduction to the materials and services available to you.

Services for Teaching Assistants

Course Reserves

  • To have course materials, readings, problem set solutions, etc. scanned and uploaded to a Canvas or Blackboard site, contact Lauren Gala at (215) 746-0228 or
  • To have books and other materials placed on reserve for your students in the library, contact Linda Laws, Library Service Assistant, at (215) 898-8173 or

Using the Physical Library

The Math/Physics/Astronomy Library is located on the third floor of the David Rittenhouse Laboratory. The library houses an extensive collection of circulating books and non-circulating print journals and reference books, in addition to its many electronic resources. Graduate students are given a semester-long loan period and may renew materials in person or online.

Computing Resources include 5 Dell workstations. Access to the library's web site, online catalog, electronic resources, MatLab, Mathematica, Maple, MS Office, EndNote, and Photoshop is provided.

Workshops covering a variety of databases and other electronic products are offered each semester by the Science & Engineering Libraries. They are targeted specifically to Penn's sci-tech researchers and are excellent introductions for new users, as well as being great refreshers for familiar resources.

Penn's Electronic Library

Electronic Information Resources Explore our digital databases, e-journals, e-books, e-reference works, and more. Peruse E-Resources in specific subject areas like Mathematics or Physics and Astronomy. Most resources are available off-campus via the Library's Proxy Server.

New Books Plus allows you to virtually peruse new books received, either by subject area or by campus library.

Obtaining Material Not Held at the Math/Physics/Astronomy Library

Even if the Math/Physics/Astronomy Library does not have the information that you need, we can get it for you from another campus location or another university's library.

  • Penn Library Delivers items from other campus libraries to the Math/Physics/Astronomy Library for your convenience.

  • BorrowDirect and EZBorrow are "expedited interlibrary loan" services; most books arrive within 4 working days.

  • Interlibrary Loan If you need a book or journal article that neither Penn nor any of its Borrow Direct or EZBorrow partners owns, the Library's Interlibrary Loan department will be happy to help you obtain it in a timely fashion.

  • Purchase Requests If the Math/Physics/Astronomy Library lacks a critical text or reference item in your area of research, we will consider purchasing it for our collection. Contact Lauren Gala(215) 746-0228, with purchase requests.

Need Further Assistance?

One-on-one personalized research consultations/orientations are available to you in your office, at the library, or over the phone or by e-mail. Contact Lauren Gala, Science and Digital Initiatives Librarian - Math/Physics/Astronomy Library at (215) 746-0228, to set up an appointment.

YOUR INPUT IS WELCOME! For more information or to suggest any new services or resources, please contact:

Lauren Gala Science and Digital Initiatives Librarian - Math/Physics/Astronomy Library
Phone: (215) 746-0228