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The Chemistry Library is located on the fifth floor of the Chemistry Department building at 34th and Spruce Streets. Judith Currano, the reference librarian, is available between 9:00AM and 4:30PM to help with your reference questions.  Finding chemical information can be challenging, so, we encourage you to contact the librarian whenever you think it is taking too long to find the information you seek!

Walk-ins are encouraged, but, if you are making a special trip to the library, you may want to phone ahead, especially during the fall and spring semesters.

Judith Currano
Head, Chemistry Library
phone: 215-746-5886

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Use the Ask a Reference Question form to make an inquiry. This service is primarily for students, faculty, and staff. We will try to respond as soon as possible.

Request course-related Instruction or schedule a consultation

Penn faculty may request course-related library instruction sessions customized to meet the needs of their students. If you are interested in having library instruction for your class, please either contact Judith Currano directly at 215-746-5886 or or use the Request a Consultation or Instructional Session form.

To schedule an appointment with a reference librarian to discuss your research needs, use the Request a Consultation or Instructional Session form.

STN Substructure Searching

Can't find a preparation for the compound you want? Interested in finding a compound with a similar structure to your target molecule? Substructure searching on the STN database is available to current Penn affiliates only after 5PM on most weekdays. Please make an appointment with Judith Currano at least two days in advance by calling 215-746-5886 or by e-mailing