Answered By: Penn Librarian
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2021     Views: 64

Guests cannot check out materials at Penn Libraries, though they are welcome to use materials on-site. We have free scanners for patrons who would like to scan portions of a given work, subject to copyright restrictions.

Guests can choose to become courtesy borrowers, which allows patrons to check out circulating print materials owned by Penn Libraries for $400 annually. The fee is $200 annually for Penn alums.

Members of some local universities are given complimentary courtesy borrowing access. See the courtesy borrowing page linked above for details.

Like other materials in the open stacks, guests can also access books and DVDs as well as articles retrieved from LIBRA, our off-site storage facility, though they must use those materials within a Penn library. 

Electronic resources are not covered by courtesy borrowing agreements. Guests and visitors cannot access electronic resources licensed by Penn Libraries.

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