Access to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library
The reading room of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library is located on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. The entrance to the building faces Locust Walk between 34th and 36th Streets. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is currently open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. and Wednesday, from 10:00 A.M. to 7:45 P.M.
The library is open to all who need to consult its collections. Readers must provide current photographic identification for admission to both Van Pelt-Dietrich Library and this department.
Bibliographic records for approximately half of the printed book collections can be found on Franklin, the library's online catalog, and more continue to be added as the library retrospectively converts the remaining card catalogs to machine-readable form. Until this process is completed, it is still necessary to consult the public card catalog located in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Access to manuscript codices, collections, and documents is provided through two electronic bibliographic utilities, Franklin and WorldCat.Finding aids for large manuscript collections are available on the World Wide Web. In addition, full facsimiles for Penn's pre-1801 Western manuscript are available on a Web site entitled "Penn in Hand." The site also provides facsimiles for approximately 200 Indic manuscripts and other selected items.