Artists, creative practitioners and scholars often require assistance in their work, whether it’s access to equipment, tech support, research support, printing, or other such services. The Sachs Program has compiled a list of services offered by the university for Penn students, faculty, and staff who are making, researching, and documenting things.
= Services available to students
Services By Location
- Butler Assistive Technology Room
The Butler Assistive Technologies Room, a collaborative effort between the Weigle Information Commons and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL), offers specialized technologies such as speech-to-text and text-to-speach software.
- Common Press
The Common Press is Penn’s letterpress and book arts studio. The facility provides an environment where students can move between digital and manual image making, collaborating with writers, printmakers, designers, scholars, and others with an interest in printing.
- David B. Weigle Information Commons and Education Commons
The Commons in Van Pelt Library give members of the Penn community access to equipment and instruction through the Vitale Digital Media Lab.
- Fabrication Lab
The Fabrication Lab is available to all PennDesign students, and is equipped for all phases of woodworking, metalworking, and machining, as well as digital fabrication with CNC routing, laser cutting, and 3D printing.
- Materials Library
Penn’s new Materials Library is a collection of physical materials ranging from innovative, new materials to those used in everyday construction and design.
- Wharton Small Business Development Center
Wharton Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) is designed to help small entrepreneurial businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region start, grow and prosper.
Services By Type
- 3D Scanning
The Fisher Fine Arts Library has two 3D hand-held scanners for use by the Penn community. Anyone at interested must take an orientation to gain some basic familiarity.
- Computer Labs
There are many computer labs located across campus for use by members of the Penn community.
- Course Reserves
A comprehensive list of Penn’s libraries and how to go about reserving course materials through each.
- Electronic Resources
To assist with research, Penn Libraries has developed a guide on using electronic resources, including accessing e-resources, optimal browser settings, and common connection problems and solutions.
- Equipment Lending
Penn Libraries provides a variety of items for use by the Penn community, including: video cameras, microphones, phone and laptop chargers, and audio recorders.
iPads are available for loan to Penn students, faculty, and staff at the Fisher Fine Arts Library.
- Non-Penn Publication Borrowing
Need-to-know information on borrowing books from other libraries. Login required.
- Penn Publication Borrowing
Need-to-know information on borrowing books and other materials through Penn Libraries.
- Penn Publication Borrowing: Scan and Deliver
Scan and Deliver enables Penn students, faculty and staff to obtain scans of selected book chapters and journal articles in the general, non-Reserve, collections of the Penn Libraries for research purposes.
Locations of poster and 3D printing services in the Penn Libraries.
There are scanning stations located across campus for use by members of the Penn community.
A helpful list of software Penn students, faculty, and staff might want to use for a range of activities, including: media production; design and image management; web content management, prototyping, coding.