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Access & Hours

Notice of Library Closure

The University of Pennsylvania has instituted mitigation practices and policies to stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Until further notice, Biddle Law Library is closed.

Virtual resources and services are available for students and faculty
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Members of the public needing access to United States government depository documents may visit the Free Library of Philadelphia or the State Library of Pennsylvania. Contact information for nearby libraries can be found in the Federal Depository Library Directory: https://catalog.gpo.gov/fdlpdir/FDLPdir.jsp

Biddle Law Library offers online assistance for United States government document research via: askbiddle@law.upenn.edu

During most of the year, the Biddle Law Library is open to members of the University of Pennsylvania community, Drexel University faculty, staff and law students, Penn Law alumni, and members of the bar. Everyone is required to show appropriate identification to the guard when entering the law school.

Reading and Examination period restrictions: During reading and examination periods, access is limited to Penn Law students, University of Pennsylvania faculty, law school alumni, and members of the bar. During the restricted access period, other Penn students may contact libraryaccess@law.upenn.edu to request access to use the law library collection for research.

Law students from other law schools may use the library with prior arrangement. Please have a librarian from the home institution send an email request to libraryaccess@law.upenn.edu stating the nature of the research need and the period access is requested.

United States government depository documents are available for public use during normal library hours. It is highly recommended that depository users visit during the hours when assistance is available at the reference desk. For added convenience, depository users may also wish to contact the library in advance of their visit. 

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Send questions about access to libraryaccess@law.upenn.edu.

Hours

Current and upcoming hours: 

March 30th, 2020

  • Monday, March 30th

March 31st, 2020

  • Tuesday, March 31st

April 25th, 2020

  • Saturday, April 25th
    Circulation Desk Hours: 9:00 A.M. - 10:45 P.M.
    24-hour study access for Penn Law Students only

    Reading and Examination period restrictions: During reading and examination periods, access is limited to Penn Law students, University or Pennsylvania faculty, law school alumni, and members of the bar. During the restricted access period, other Penn students may contact
    libraryaccess@law.upenn.edu to request access to use the law library collection for research.

April 26th, 2020

  • Sunday, April 26th
    Circulation Desk Hours: 9:00 A.M. - 11:45 P.M.
    24-hour study access for Penn Law Students only
    Reading and Examination period restrictions: During reading and examination periods, access is limited to Penn Law students, University or Pennsylvania faculty, law school alumni, and members of the bar. During the restricted access period, other Penn students may contact
    libraryaccess@law.upenn.edu to request access to use the law library collection for research.

April 27th, 2020

  • Monday, April 27th
    Circulation Desk Hours: 7:30 A.M. - 11:45 P.M.
    24-hour study access for Penn Law Students only
    Reading and Examination period restrictions: During reading and examination periods, access is limited to Penn Law students, University or Pennsylvania faculty, law school alumni, and members of the bar. During the restricted access period, other Penn students may contact
    libraryaccess@law.upenn.edu to request access to use the law library collection for research.

April 28th, 2020

  • Tuesday, April 28th
    Circulation Desk Hours: 7:30 A.M. - 11:45 P.M.
    24-hour study access for Penn Law Students only
    Reading and Examination period restrictions: During reading and examination periods, access is limited to Penn Law students, University or Pennsylvania faculty, law school alumni, and members of the bar. During the restricted access period, other Penn students may contact
    libraryaccess@law.upenn.edu to request access to use the law library collection for research.

April 29th, 2020

  • Wednesday, April 29th
    Circulation Desk Hours: 7:30 A.M. - 11:45 P.M.
    24-hour study access for Penn Law Students only
    Reading and Examination period restrictions: During reading and examination periods, access is limited to Penn Law students, University or Pennsylvania faculty, law school alumni, and members of the bar. During the restricted access period, other Penn students may contact
    libraryaccess@law.upenn.edu to request access to use the law library collection for research.
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