We encourage you to plan your visit to Penn’s special collections libraries well in advance to allow the time needed to retrieve materials. We also recommend checking the Penn Libraries website to confirm the current hours of operation for each library.

For more information, please contact kislak@pobox.upenn.edu.

To log onto your Special Collections Research Account or create a new account, please click below. 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 kislak@pobox.upenn.edu or call us at 215-898-7088.