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Using the Library

Scan and Deliver Service

In adherence with U.S. copyright law, we can scan and deliver articles and book chapters, but not entire books, from our collections for Penn Law students. Scans will be delivered via email with an anticipated turnaround time of 2-4 business days. Students may request up to two scans per day. We reserve the right to reject excessive scanning requests. If your request exceeds the limitations of copyright law, we may check the book out to you for pickup.

Please note that we can only scan materials for research use, such as for seminar papers. We cannot scan textbooks, course readings, study aids, or any other course materials for students.

Please use the form below to request scanned materials from Biddle’s physical collections as contained in our library catalog. Only materials with the status “Available” can be scanned.

Pickup @ Biddle

The book stacks in Biddle are open for browsing, but you can still request books for pickup by filling out this request form. Books will be retrieved from the stacks within 1-2 business days. You will receive an email when your materials are ready to be picked up.

Books will be checked out to you and placed in a brown paper bag with your name on it. Bags will be arranged in alphabetical order on the Pickup@Biddle shelving in the Gateway (on Biddle’s main floor). Bags will be kept for one week. After that, to make space for other requests, we will remove the bag and check the items in from your account.

Penn Undergraduates and non-law graduate students may request Biddle books. Simply choose “Van Pelt Library” as the pick-up location on the book request form. You will receive an email when the book is ready for pick-up at Van Pelt.

The loan period for Penn Graduate Students and Penn Undergraduates is 28 days plus the opportunity to renew by logging into our catalog and selecting “My Account” from the pulldown menu under your name in the right hand corner. Penn Law Students have a full semester loan period and may also renew using “My Account”.

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.

New Streamlined Request Process!

We have implemented a new interlibrary loan system that will allow you to manage requests via the My Account portal of our new catalog, Search Center.  Click here to learn more.  Please direct any questions to The Biddle Interlibrary Loan Team.

Law Journal Associate Editors: Please continue to direct your interlibrary loan requests to your Research Editor.