About This Site

The Kislak COVID-19 Resources is a rapid response Jekyll site from the Libraries' Jekyll Working Group, focused on documenting available resources from special collections at University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including:

  • Kislak Center for Special Collections
  • the Library at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
  • Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts
  • The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

We have designed this project so that faculty, staff, professional researchers and the broader public can continue to access our materials during this time.

The site will serve as:

  • an historical archive that documents updates to databases, repositories, online exhibits, and other digital projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • a resource to help faculty and students continue to enhance their teaching and research during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • a tool to continue our mission of using technology in innovative and meaningful ways towards making our collections accessible.

Latest Updates

last updated: August 12, 2020

The Penn Libraries has launched a number of essential services to re-connect Penn faculty, students and staff with our physical collections. We also continue to develop and enhance services to support remote teaching, research, and learning. Please see our Virtual Support page for information on accessing digital content, collaborating with research partners, and directly consulting with librarians.

Beginning September 1, the Kislak Center Reading Room will be available by pre-arranged appointment for up to two patrons from 1pm to 4pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule an on-site Reading Room appointment for September 1 or a later date, email kislak@pobox.upenn.edu.

Please review the COVID-19: Phased Library Service Availability page for the most up-to-date information.