The Penn Libraries has a variety of teaching spaces suitable for both small groups and large classes.  Equipment and seating capacity varies.  Please check each room’s page for more details.    



Collaborative Classroom
collabclassroom4_editCollaborative spaces bring learners and teachers together in new and powerful ways.  The Collaborative Classroom is an active learning space located in room 113 of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Designed for problem-solving activities, the space contains 5 tables and one instructor station, each with a projection screen. Whiteboard and glass walls surround the room for 360 degrees of writable surface. The room seats 30 and is available for both course instruction and for individual events.  When the room is not in use as a teaching space it is available for student use as a collaboration space.  The adjacent open area, with flexible seating, can be used in conjunction with or separate from the classroom.


The David B. Weigle Information Commons
The David B. Weigle Information Commons (WIC) opened its doors in April 2006. Located on the first floor of  Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, the WIC supports collaborative learning and group activities using the latest technologies. The WIC includes a variety of collaboration spaces including Group Study Rooms, Data Diner Booths, Alcove Meeting Areas, the Class of ‘68 Seminar Room and the Vitale Digital Media Lab.

The Class of ‘68 Seminar Room is located in Weigle Information Commons on the first floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.  It is designed as a technology-intensive instructional space that seats up to 35 people. The room includes 20 Mac Laptops, several PC laptops and a high-definition videoconferencing system.


The Education Commons 
eduCom_editThe Education Commons opened in March 2012. It is a state-of-the-art study and information space that supports teaching and collaborative learning. Located on the mezzanine of the George A. Weiss Pavilion in Franklin Field, the Education Commons comprises 6,400 square feet and 168 seats and includes an 18-seat seminar room and 8 group study rooms, all reservable online. The space is open to all current Penn students, faculty, and staff (a PennCard is required for access).

The Education Commons Seminar Room is open to all current Penn students, faculty, and staff (a PennCard is required for access).  The EC Seminar Room seats is equipped with a PC, an 80-inch full HD LED/LCD digital display and connections for two laptops. The EC’s Macbook cart with up to 20 Macbooks is also available for reservation for use in classroom and instruction activities.


Additional spaces are available in our other library facilities.  A list of all Penn Libraries locations can be found here.  Please contact each facility directly for more information on available teaching spaces.

A complete list of teaching spaces available in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, is available at  


The Penn Libraries offers a vast array of services that help support the important research and instructional needs of the Penn community.


Courseware Support
Canvas, an open-source online learning management system (LMS) produced by Salt Lake City, Utah-based Instructure, is a widely used instructional tool for Penn students, staff, and faculty. The LMS was piloted in Summer 2013 and fully deployed in Summer 2014. Online course sites allow users easy access to their course materials anywhere they have an Internet connection. Canvas can be used for submitting assignments, taking question and answer-based assessments, managing class communications, and sharing documents and multimedia. Many third-party tools also integrate well into the learning platform. Since using Canvas is optional for instructors, course sites are created by request each semester. Only users who have a PennKey and are taking, teaching, or assisting with a course have access to Canvas and users must be enrolled in a course site in order to view it. Canvas is governed by the Courseware Steering Committee and the Courseware Advisory, which include representatives from all schools.

Scholarly Commons
ScholarlyCommons is a repository for the scholarly output of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. It promotes dissemination of their work, and preserves it in a freely-accessible, long-term archive. An effort to alleviate recent pressures to restrict access to new knowledge, ScholarlyCommons allows researchers and other interested readers anywhere in the world to learn about and keep up to date with Penn scholarship. Administered by the Penn Libraries, ScholarlyCommons contains materials chosen by participating units — departments, schools, centers, institutes, and so forth — at Penn. Users have access to materials in ScholarlyCommons free of charge.

Vitale Digital Media Lab
The Vitale Digital Media Lab offers training, equipment and knowledgeable staff to assist patrons in working with digital media including video, audio, imaging, graphic design, and web publishing. Lab resources are available to all current Penn students, faculty, and staff. (Lab resources are not available to alumni and the general public.)

3D Printing
The Education Commons and the Biomedical Library offers 3D printing for all Penn students, faculty, and staff.  Policies and costs vary at each location.