Biotech Commons reserves

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Who has privileges at Biotech Commons Reserve?

All University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, staff, employees of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (HUP, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian, Phoenixville, and Affiliate Teaching Hospitals) and CHOP are eligible to use reserve materials and to borrow those items that circulate. Readers must present a current PennCard or current institutional ID with Biotech Commons barcode when borrowing reserve materials. Visitors who have a Library Courtesy Card may use reserve materials only in while in the Biotech Commons.

Print reserves

Reserve materials are books, journal articles, and videos located for convenient professional access or for a Penn course. Required readings for the Medical School, Nursing School, Biology and Biomedical Graduate Studies Departments and many basic medical and nursing texts are available at the Circulation/Reserve desk; phone 215-898-5815. The online catalog, Franklin, shows "Biotech Commons reserve" as the location when books are at the Circulation/Reserve desk in the Biotech Commons Library.


The Biotech Commons Circulation/Reserve desk is open all hours the Biotech Commons is open.

For students

Finding Reserve Materials

Staff at the Circulation/Reserve desk will retrieve materials when you submit a call number.
To find call numbers and other information about location, please consult Franklin. You can search for reserve materials by course and by instructor.

Use within the library

The requested item is charged to your PennCard, Biotech Commons Borrower's Card or Library Courtesy Card for a 2-hour period. When you borrow, you may request a longer borrowing period, or ask to renew one time. If the item is heavily used, borrowing is limited to 1 hour with no renewals. If you do not have a borrower's card, ask for assistance.

Home use

Certain reserve books may be checked out for home use overnight after 11pm Sundays through Thursdays, after 9pm on Fridays, and after 5pm on Saturdays. Clasp envelope materials do not circulate overnight.

Returning Biotech Commons Reserve Books

Return Reserve books only to the Biotech Commons Circulation/Reserve desk. Reserve items should not be returned to other campus Libraries. When returning items checked out overnight, if the Biotech Commons is closed, use the book return slot next to the outside entrance to the Biotech Commons.

Books are due on the next day the Library is open; by 9am Monday to Friday, by 11am Saturday and Sunday.


The Biotech Commons does not charge fines for in-house reserve use.

For faculty

Faculty Online Course Registration

Course reserves can be requested either through Franklin, for materials currently in the Penn Libraries collections, or through Canvas using the "Course Materials @ Penn Libraries" feature, for any current book, streaming video, or journal article holdings or to request purchase of materials not currently held by the libraries.

Individual books may be selected through Franklin. Log in to your account and look up the book. Click on request options, then select "Place on reserve."



For routine processing inquiries regarding all items to be placed on Reserve or Canvas, contact Tim Wells at 215-898-4007 or

For other questions or information about copyright restrictions, contact Carlos Rodriguez at 215-898-9610 or