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Biomedical Library - Reference Services

Reference Hours Librarians and library interns are available to provide answers to reference questions and to assist with research:
Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm
Telephone reference Call 215-898-5815. If our Information Desk staff are unable to assist you, they will transfer you to a Librarian or Library Intern.
Email reference Email us your subject-specific or general questions, and we'll make sure they are answered by the appropriate subject specialist. Turn around time is usually within 24 hours.
Online Chat reference Biomed Library staff respond to chat questions 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (10am-4pm during Summer months) using the chat widget found on our homepage. Additional Penn Library staff are available via chat at other times. A detailed Chat schedule is available.
Consultations Reference Librarians are available to meet individually with Penn students, faculty, and staff to provide research assistance. Consultations may be arranged by requesting an appointment using our form.
Classroom Instruction Reference librarians are available for group instruction upon request. Contact us to request a customized session, designed for the needs of your class .
Classes and Online Tutorials The Penn Libraries offer hands-on workshops on Health & Life Science resources. For workshop description and to register, visit

To access the online tutorials click here.