Using Other Libraries

Drexel University

The W. W. Hagerty Library is located on the corner of 33rd St. and Market. See our guidelines for using Hagerty Library. See the Drexel Libraries website for hours and catalog.

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania has numerous libraries, including Van Pelt Library (social sciences and humanities), Biomedical Library, and the Chemistry Library. Most libraries will allow outside users on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm. See the UPenn Libraries website for the hours, location, and access policies for individual libraries. Because Penn has the largest library in the Philadelphia area, it restricts access to its collections. Penn no longer allows non-Penn users to access their electronic resources. However, you can get a copy of an article from their print journal storage if you fill out an online form. You'll get an email when it's been delivered to the library you indicate.

Free Library of Philadelphia

Any Philadelphia resident, including students living in residence halls, may obtain a Free Library borrower's card. Card holders can also access the Free Library's electronic databases from home. Branches are located around the city, with the largest being at Logan Circle.

PALCI Libraries

About forty members of the Pennsylvania Academic Libraries Consortium, Inc., allow fulltime USciences faculty to visit their libraries and check out books. Some members also allow access to students and staff. Local institutions include LaSalle, Swarthmore, and Temple (but not UPenn). Other large institutions include the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and campuses of the Pennsylvania state universities. You'll need an authorization form from us to participate in this program. Full program details are available on the PALCI website.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), we request books and journal articles from other libraries for USciences students, faculty, and staff. See our interlibrary loan policies.

And All Those Other Libraries

There are numerous other libraries in the Delaware Valley area. Please check their websites or call to find out their hours and policies. In general, state-supported institutions are open to visitors while private institutions are more restrictive.


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