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Overleaf is the online collaborative LaTeX editing platform.

Penn Libraries offers institutional access to Overleaf, With an institutional account, Penn users have access to the full suite of Overleaf Professional account functionality.

  • Unlimited number of invited collaborators & link sharing
  • Real-time collaboration in LaTeX and Rich Text editing modes
  • Full project history view – to see all changes made for the life of the project, with ability to revert to any past changes
  • Real-time track changes
  • Advanced reference search
  • Reference manager (i.e. Zotero, Mendeley) sync
  • GitHub and Dropbox integration (2-way sync)

Overleaf also provides templates for various publication types, including those from most major commercial and technical society publishers. Users may also create templates for private use or share them with the Overleaf community.

This Guide provides additional resources to help users make the most of this site.


Penn faculty, staff and students may set up free Professional accounts, or convert existing personal Overleaf accounts (see note below), at the Penn Libraries Overleaf Portal. Once registered, you will receive an email with a confirmation link to follow to complete setting up your Penn account.

Note: To convert an existing account, be sure you are completely logged out of Overleaf before following the portal link above. Follow the “Sign in” link, then click on the “Sign in with your Institution” link below the other sign in options and enter your Penn email. You will then receive a confirmation email with a link to complete the conversion to a Penn account.