Van Pelt Library, Philadelphia

Van Pelt Library, Philadelphia

The Charles Patterson Van Pelt Library, commonly referred to as the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center or simply Van Pelt, stands as the centerpiece of the University of Pennsylvania's library system. Designed by the architectural firm Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson, this significant building was constructed in 1962 and boasts an impressive gross area of 201,215 square feet (18,693 square meters).

Van Pelt is not just a hub for social sciences and humanities research but also accommodates several specialized libraries and collections. It is home to the Lippincott Library of The Wharton School, renowned for its business resources, and the Ormandy Music Library, catering to music-related studies. Moreover, the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts is housed here, offering a wealth of rare and unique materials.

The library's Area Studies collections are particularly notable, with extensive resources in African, Japanese, Latin American, Chinese, Middle East, South Asia, and Judaica & Ancient Near East Studies. Adding to its academic richness is the Henry Charles Lea Library, located on the 6th floor, known for its historical collections.

Architecturally, Van Pelt Library presents a blend of styles. Its vaguely Grecian appearance, marked by a significant colonnade, is juxtaposed with brick panels and small windows, reminiscent of an old French library, creating a distinctive aesthetic on the campus. Additionally, a modern art sculpture titled "The Button" is prominently placed at the library's southern entrance, further accentuating its modern and eclectic character.

The library also features the Weigle Information Commons, situated on the west side of the first floor. This space is designed to facilitate information access and collaborative learning, underscoring the library's role as a dynamic and integral part of the university's academic landscape.

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