Finals Feature: Super-Secret Study Spots

Looking for a new place to study for your final exams or write those final papers? Never fear – I’m here to help you find a location for success!

Biddle Law Library

3501 Sansom St.

Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. through May 5, 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m. daily through May 10th

Noise level: Low

Perks: Quiet outdoor space with tables and chairs where you can enjoy the warm weather

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If you’re trying to avoid the hustle and bustle of Van Pelt during finals week, you should definitely check out the Biddle Law Library. The Law Library is beautiful, well-lit and extremely quiet. The library itself has two levels, with the main level serving as a more public and collaborative space. Head upstairs for more isolated study time at individual tables and carrels. If the weather is nice, make sure to visit the outside tables and chairs that are a perfect change of scenery from the stacks of books inside.

The Law Library also has an extensive collection of over one million primary and secondary sources. Its archival collection houses personal papers from famous lawyers and judges. This library is an excellent research site for Law students, but also for undergraduate students who are studying Political Science, PPE or History.

The Biddle Law Library is a great destination for Quakers who crave a quiet study atmosphere. If you’re unable to make it over there before the end of the semester, it is certainly a place to check out when you get back to campus in August!

Staff Writer: Cassie Lo

Notes from a long-time student: Books!

Every semester we all have to buy books. Lots…of…books! Whether they’re for a statistics, literature, or language course they add up, and not just in volume. But that’s usually not the end of the story. You start writing a final paper, you do your research, and you identify the perfect reference book. Most of the time your book is available in the library database–success! But every once in a while you run into the little red minus sign next to the words “Checked out.” E-Z Borrow, Borrow Direct, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) are three great resources you may consider using. Here are a few scenarios that summarize the benefits of all three systems and provide guidance for using the one most appropriate for you.

I have an assignment due at the end of the month and the book I need is checked out at Penn.
If you’re pressed for time, try using Borrow Direct or E-ZBorrow. Borrow Direct is a rapid book request system that allows you to search a collection of over 60 million volumes through the libraries at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Duke, Dartmouth, John Hopkins, Yale and Princeton. If a partnering university has your book it will usually arrive within 3-5 business days. You can also try E-ZBorrow. E-ZBorrow will search for your book in over 60 academic libraries in Pennsylvania and nearby states. If your book is unavailable through both of those mediums, try Interlibrary Loan. ILL takes longer deliver so be sure to adjust the “need by” date on your request to reflect your deadlines.

I need to borrow a book for the semester, should I request it through ILL or Borrow Direct?
Borrow Direct books are loaned out for six weeks at a time, and are non-renewable more than once, a total of 12 weeks. The semester is 14 weeks so this option can leave you in a bit of a crunch, especially at the end of the semester. Try ILL. Most loans range from 2-6 weeks but vary depending on the lending institution and can typically be renewed.

Penn doesn’t own the book I need. I found it on both Borrow Direct and E-ZBorrow but am told that the book is non-requestable. What should I do?
There are some core textbooks that are not available for request on Borrow Direct and E-ZBorrow, such as calculus textbooks. Try placing an ILL request.

Whatever your situation may be, try out these great resources to be connected with your eagerly awaited books. If you know you’ll need a particular book within a specified time frame, plan ahead!

Staff Blogger: Erica Saldivar Garcia

Friday Feature: Super Secret Study Spots

Wondering where you should go this weekend to do your work? I’m here on Fridays to share local study spots that you should definitely check out if you’re on the hunt for that perfect location.

Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library
240 South 40th St.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5 p.m. (after hours and weekends are reserved to Dental School students and staff)
Noise level: Low
Perks: They have resources for basic sciences in addition to dental sciences including access to biomedical databases

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At this point in the semester, Van Pelt is filled to the brim with students frantically studying for their midterms. Some people work well in semi-quiet, social spaces, but for those of you who prefer more muted locations, we suggest some of the less-frequented Penn libraries.

For those of you who live around 40th Street, the Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library is the place to be. The library is located within the Robert Schattner Center near the corner of 40th and Locust Streets. Once you show your Penn ID to the security guard at the info desk, ask for someone to point you in the right direction. The library is around several twists and turns within the building, but it is certainly worth the journey!

The library itself is a beautiful sight. The two floors are visible from the entrance, and there are tables on both levels that are perfect for studying by yourself or with a friend. The atmosphere is very calm and you’ll often see Dental students pop in for a quick study session between their classes.

The one downside of this space is that the hours for non-Dental students and staff are very slim, but it is easy to be productive here, even in a small amount of time.

Have a great spot that we should feature on our blog? Comment below and let us know where you study!

Friday Feature: Super-Secret Study Spots

Wondering where you should go this weekend to do your work? Each Friday we’ll share one local study spot that you should definitely check out if you’re on the hunt for that perfect location.

BIomed
Biomedical Library
Johnson Pavilion
3610 Hamilton Walk
Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday through Thursday), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday)
Noise level: Low
Perks: Room reservation options for project/study groups
As you return from spring break, the libraries on campus are busier than ever. If you’re having a hard time finding a free table at Van Pelt but crave the quiet atmosphere of a library, then the Biomedical Library is the place for you. Students in the Medical School and School of Nursing frequent the Biomed Library, but it is just a short walk away from the Quad and Spruce Street. The combination of tables, desks and plush chairs provide a variety study environments for all Penn students.
The Biomed Library is the ideal place to study for all of your upcoming midterm exams. Many of the study carrels have computers, so you can also spend your time there working on your take home exams or response papers.
The Biomed Library also boasts room reservations similar to Weigle Information Commons in Van Pelt. In addition to standard rooms with a white board and monitor, the Biomed Library also has a study room that allows for larger groups (up to 12 people) to collaborate. This large study room is perfect for study groups or group presentation rehearsals.
Have a great spot that we should feature on our blog? Comment below and let us know where you study!

Staff Blogger: Cassie Lo, Learning Fellow