Using the Library
The library has implemented several changes for the Fall 2020 semester.
Visit the Fall 2020 Guide to Biddle Services for more information.
For Fall 2020, the Biddle Law Library will be open to Penn Law community members only. Reservations will be required to use library seating. No walk-ins permitted.
Penn Law students can reserve space in the Law School up to 3 hours, with a maximum of 15 hours per week. Safety requirements set by the University and the Law School will be enforced.
Fall 2020 Library Hours
Mon-Thu: 8am - 8pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
Virtual Reference: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm
Contactless Book Pickup
The library stacks are closed, but patrons can request books for pickup. Books will be retrieved from the stacks within 1-2 business days. You will receive an email when your materials are ready.
Bagged books will be arranged in alphabetical order on the Pickup@Biddle shelving in the Gateway (on Biddle’s main floor). Bags will remain on the shelf for 1 week. The loan period for Penn law students, Penn graduate students and Penn undergraduates is 28 days with the opportunity to renew online via “My Library Account” on the Biddle home page.
Book Return Locations
- Book cart in the Sansom Street lobby
- Book drop outside of the Biddle Library exit
- Circulation desk at Biddle
Returned books will be quarantined for one week before being made available for reuse.
Scan and Deliver Service
Students may request scanned materials from Biddle’s physical collections found in LOLA, our library catalog. Only materials with the status Available can be scanned.
Requests may take up to 4 business days to be fulfilled. Students may request up to two scans per day.
In adherence with U.S. copyright law, the library cannot scan entire books. Textbooks, course readings, study aids, or any other course materials are not eligible for this service.
Members of the Penn Law community may request materials from other libraries through Biddle’s Interlibrary Loan Service. Please check the holdings at Penn and Drexel Libraries before placing an ILL request.
Fall 2020: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot obtain entire books from other libraries. Book chapters and articles may be requested.