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University of Pennsylvania

34th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Overlooking Lower Quad from Upper Quad

Overlooking Lower Quad from Upper Quad

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League, research university in Philadelphia. Penn offers a broad range of academic departments, an extensive research enterprise and a number of community outreach and public service programs. It is particularly well known for its medical school, dental school, design school, business school, law school, engineering school, communications school, nursing school, veterinary school, social sciences and humanities programs, and its biomedical teaching and research capabilities.

Notable alumni include science-fiction author Alfred Bester; "Buck Rogers" creator Philip Francis Nowlan; technology entrepreneur Elon Musk; "The Addams Family" creator Charles Addams; novelist Zane Grey; mystery authors Martin Cruz Smith (Gorky Park) and John D. MacDonald (Travis McGee); Old West gunman Doc Holliday; poet Ezra Pound; Broadway producer Harold Prince; TV producers William Link ("Columbo") and Dick Wolf ("Law & Order"); actress Candice Bergen; and actors Bruce Dern, John Doman, and James McDaniel.

Libraries: The library system has 6.19 million book and serial volumes as well as 4.23 million microform items and 1.11 million e-books. It subscribes to over 68,000 print serials and e-journals. The main library is the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Many campus libraries, including Van Pelt, are open to the public on weekdays except during final exam periods. A photo ID is required. Guests may use computers in the library to search the catalog and Internet, but most subscription databases are restricted. Courtesy borrower cards are available for $200 per year for alumni and $400 per year for others. Courtesy cards permit weekend and evening access to the libraries but exclude access to restricted databases.

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