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Using the Library

Using The Library

Outside researchers, attorneys, Penn non-law students and faculty who wish to use the library collection should complete the Library Access request form.  Please submit your request at least 2 business days prior to your need for access.  Access may be restricted during reading days and exam periods.

Tanenbaum Hall, Biddle Law Library with people, Tanenbaum Hall, Biddle Law Library with people

Quick Links

Library Hours

View full calendar

Reserve a Study Room

Online room scheduler

Request Scans from the Collection

Student scan request form

Request Books from the Collection

All Penn students can request books for pickup


Exam Periods and Federal Depository 

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Reading & Examination Period

During the Law School’s reading and examination period, access is limited to Penn Carey Law students, University of Pennsylvania faculty, Law School alumni, and members of the bar. During the restricted access period, Penn students may request permission to access the law library collection for research.  To view restricted time periods, view the library’s calendar.

Federal Depository Library Program



Federal Depository Library Program

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Biddle’s print depository materials can be identified through the Search Center Catalog.

Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code), but due to ongoing university building restrictions, an advance appointment is required to enter the library. The majority of current federal government information is also available online through resources like GovInfo and

For assistance in finding and using electronic government documents, consult a Biddle Law Librarian. To make an appointment to use the collection in person, contact Library Access.