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Van Pelt Library - Research & Instructional Services


Visit the Reference Desk located on the first floor of the Van Pelt Library. During the Fall and Spring, Reference Librarians are present:

Monday - Thursday 8:30 am to 8 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm to 6 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm to 8 pm


Call Us at (215) 898-7556 for assistance during the same hours as desk service.
Email Us using the Ask a Reference Question form. This service is primarily for Penn students, faculty, and staff. We will try to respond by the next business day.
IM, Text, or Chat using our Instant Help services.
Meet with a Reference Librarian to discuss your research needs. To schedule an appointment, use the Make an appointment with a Reference Librarian form.
Attend Library Workshops. We offer regularly scheduled workshops on a variety of topics to support research, study, and the use of technology and new media. See the schedule to browse upcoming sessions and register.
Course-related Instruction. Penn faculty may request course-related library instruction sessions customized to meet the needs of their students. Use the Request course-related library instruction form.
Join Us on Facebook. Ask questions, share information, learn what can improve your research and course work at Van Pelt Library  Keep up with news and on-going conversations with all of the libraries at Penn Libraries.
Research Guides provide useful information about using online and print resources for research. See Research Guides by Subject.
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