Welcome, new students! Penn Libraries essentials

Library Freshman Social 2008

Not what usually happens in Van Pelt…

After the NSO dust settles (Library Social!), at some point you’ll be back at our doorstep to get down to business. When that day comes, take a peek at these key on-the-go resources and useful tools:

First things first: Security.

Unattended theft is one of the most common crimes on campus. For peace of mind, install a security app like Prey on your device. Prey is free, it works on everything, and the folks at Lifehacker have kindly written a setup guide. They have also recently recommended some alternatives if Prey doesn’t do it for you.

Now, to answer your real questions, can you…

  • Find books in Van Pelt with your mobile? Sure.
  • Check the Libraries’ hours? Here.
  • Reserve a Library study room (Biomed, Van Pelt, WIC, Lippincott, EC)? Yes.
  • Print to our printers from your laptop? Yes.
  • Chat with a librarian online? Here.
  • Learn all the softwares? Try a workshop at the Weigle Information Commons.
  • Borrow a video camera, a mic, a laptop, a charger and more? WIC, Biomed, Vet.
  • Download a Blackboard app? Yes.
  • Keep up with your courses and readings with the free Canvas app for iOS and Android.
  • Backup your work to a 50GB Dropbox-ish cloud space – for free? Use PennBox.
  • Find more apps? We have guides (General, Health Sciences, WIC), or just keep reading along with Apps on Tap.

And while it’s not a Libraries thing, it’s worth mentioning:  PennApps Hackathon is September 6-8, and PennHacks (hardware) is September 13th. Show your chops, win some prizes. Noobs are entirely welcome.

Have fun, and welcome to Penn!

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