Notice to our researchers:

The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts will begin a significant renovation this summer, which will require moving several collections offsite. This project is expected to continue through the next academic year. Please plan your visit to the Reading Room to allow the extra time needed to retrieve offsite materials. We also recommend checking the Kislak Center homepage before you visit the Reading Room to confirm its current hours of operation.

For more information, please contact

Please log onto your Special Collections Research Account or create a new one. This account will allow you to request special collections material from:


University of Pennsylvania affiliates include current students, faculty, and staff.


Visitors include anyone who does not have a current PennCard.



For assistance, please email us at or call us at 215-898-7088.