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Museum Library - Reference Services

Reference assistance is provided by the staff of the Museum Library. They can help you find materials in the collection, get started on a research paper, navigate the Internet, or choose the most relevant electronic file. They also will explain complementary collections in other Penn Libraries. They are usually available Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. They can be reached by phone (215) 898-4021 or email (

Some reference services are now available via electronic forms. For example, you can ask a reference question right from your desk top. Penn faculty, students, and staff may schedule an appointment for a research consultation. Penn faculty may arrange for course-related library instruction sessions which are customized to meet the needs of their students. To use these services, just choose one of the electronic forms listed here: