Library 101: the basic tools to getting books, articles, and other materials digitally or in print

Library 101 has the keys to your Penn library.


Are you working on a paper and need to quickly get your hands on books, articles, or other media from the Penn Libraries? Discover the best way to request something for pick up at Van Pelt Library, or have it mailed directly to your door, or to receive a PDF scan of an article or book chapter. Library 101 will make it easy and has the answers for you.


Even if you only have 5 minutes, feel free to pop in with all your questions about Pickup@Penn, Books by Mail, Request Digital Delivery and getting things from other libraries via Borrow Direct, E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan. Find out “How to Library”!

In the meantime, check out our Library 101 video tutorials.


Link to dates, times and registration

Theatre Arts Program Spring 2021 Virtual Production Roles

In Spring 2021, the Theatre Arts Program will present three virtual productions – two senior directing thesis projects, and a devised performance as part of Theatre Arts 350. Learn more about how you can audition or get involved behind the scene for each of these productions. All roles for the spring will be virtual!


Senior Thesis Project:
La Mujer Que Cayó del Cielo
Directed by Suzy Tamayo
Based on the true heartbreaking story of Rita Quintero, La Mujer Que Cayó del Cielo portrays the challenges and confusion that language barriers can create when a migrant finds herself detained and misunderstood in Kansas. The play is written primarily in Spanish with some dialogue in Rarámuri (a Mexican indigenous language) and English. 
Sign up for virtual auditions on 12/3 and 12/4
Click here for more information


Senior Thesis Project:
The Exception and the Rule
Directed by James Noonan
A one act play that explores the tensions between a rich oil merchant and his two lowly workers (whom he grows increasingly suspicious of during their trip through the desert), the play touches on themes of class inequality, the realities of extractive capitalism, and the injustices perpetuated by the status quo: themes that feel just as relevant today as they did when Brecht wrote the play 90 years ago.
Sign up for virtual auditions on 12/5
Click here for more information


Theatre Arts 350: Rehearsal and Performance
A New Devised Performance
Directed by Dr. Jennifer Thompson

This spring, the full-semester, for-credit course THAR350 Rehearsal & Performance departs from the acknowledgement that we cannot reproduce the theatre we knew but must forge the theatre anew. To that end, we’ll be developing a new virtual piece devised by the company.
Sign up for a 15-minute slot on 12/3 or 12/4
Click here for more information


Spring 2021 Virtual Production Roles
Seeking stage managers, graphic designers, and more for our virtual productions. Get involved with the Penn community outside of class and in a fun, creative way during these remote winter months! 
Email Cat Johnson
Click here for more information

Autumn Dog Days, Now With Cats!

Back by popular demand, Dog Days has gone digital Friday, December 11 from 1-3PM EST. Now with cats! 


Students, faculty, and staff will be able to interact with therapy dogs and librarian pets. Head to our guide to preview the furry friends now and to visit on December 11:


Take a paws and help us share this exciting news with your campus communities. We'll see you there!



The Penn Libraries Dog Days Team


December Community Conversation with Dean Erika James

The next Community Conversation will be held on December 9 at 6pm. Dean Erika James from the Wharton School will be the speaker. Faculty, staff and students are invited to this virtual event. For those interested in attending, please RSVP by emailing me ( 

Penn Cares

The Wellness at Penn and @PennPubHealth teams have created new social media channels that will be the central source of #COVID19 information for the @Penn community. Please follow @COVIDPenn on both Instagram & Twitter for the latest guidance & public health information from Penn.

Mail and Package Updates

We are excited to announce that Canon Solutions America will begin utilizing automated lockers to distribute packages starting Monday, October 19. Please note that letter mail will still be held and retrieved from your designated Mail and Package Center. Below is some information on the new package locker system.

  • Package Notifications
    • Once Canon has received and distributed your package you will receive an email which includes the locker location and barcode that you will need to pick up your package.

  • Access to Package Lockers
    • You will be assigned to a specific package locker location based on the building where you live.

    • If you live in a building that doesn’t have package lockers than your packages will be available for pick up at the nearest building that does. You will be able to access this building from 8AM – 9PM daily to retrieve your package. 

  • Package Locker Locations
    • English House: Next to the Dining Hall entrance [currently closed]

    • Harrison: Basement Lounge

    • Harnwell: Basement Lounge

    • Hill: Atrium [currently closed]

    • Quadrangle:  McClelland Room 134 [currently closed]

    • Rodin: Basement Lounge

    • Sansom Place East: Lobby

  • Instructions for Using the Package Lockers
    • Each package locker location will have an instructional card with directions on how to operate the lockers.

    • To use the lockers, you will scan the barcode that was sent to you in your package notification email at display monitor at your specified package locker location and the locker door containing your package will pop open. Once you have retrieved your package you will need to be sure to close the locker door so that it is ready to be reloaded for the next resident.  

    • If you need assistance operating your locker you may visit your Mail and Package Center and ask a Canon representative for help.   

  • Types of Packages:
    • The package lockers can accommodate shipping envelopes and small to medium sized boxes.

    • Large boxes and oversized items will not fit into the package lockers and you will need to pick them up from your Mail and Package Center, located in Harnwell and Hill.

    • Your package notification email will tell you which location to go to pick-up your package(s).

More information about mail and packages can be found on our website.

Penn Benjamin Peer Counseling

Instagram: @pennbenjamins

On the website, people will be able to find the counseling schedule, as well as more information about each one of the counselors. 

Contact Information & Office Hours

Your Lauder College House team is available to support you throughout the academic year!

Our virtual office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM (EST).

To reach Joselyn Calderon, House Coordinator, call 215-898-3350.

To reach Trina Sokoloski, House Dean, call 215-898-3913.

You can request an appointment with Trina by visiting