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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.

Building Access

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

Sat-Sun: Closed

Virtual Reference: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm

View Library Hours Calendar

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.

View the Book Pickup@Biddle Request Form

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.

Go to the Scan & Delivery Service Request Form

Interlibrary Loan

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.

Visit the ILL Guide for Journal Editors and First-Time Users
 Returning users can login to search OCLC WorldCat