Annenberg School for Communication Library Archives


Visitors can view our archival materials in person by appointment, and select materials are available online.

Accessing the Collection

Visiting In-Person

The Annenberg School for Communication Library Archives’ (ASCLA) collections are open for research to anyone, by appointment during our normal operating hours. ASCLA is located at:

Annenberg School for Communication
3620 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

It is typically open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. These hours are subject to change.

To make an appointment, please contact the lead archivist of the Annenberg School for Communication Library Archives Samantha Dodd by email at samantha.dodd@asc.upenn.edu.

Because portions of our collections are stored offsite, we ask that patrons contact us two weeks in advance of a desired visit to discuss their research interests and schedule an appointment to use the Archives.

Please be advised that some materials may be subject to donor or University restrictions. Any restrictions and their implications for research will be addressed during initial communications with the archivist.

Upon arriving at the Library, we ask that individuals present a valid photo ID, which will be kept behind the Library circulation desk for the duration of their visit.

All personal belongings will also be stored behind the circulation desk.

Patrons will conduct their work at one of two research stations on the south side of the circulation desk in the front room of the Library.

Laptops, iPads, small cameras (see our duplication policy), cell phones, pencils, secondary material, and reference books are the only items that may be brought to the research station. Pencils and paper for notes will be available. Everything brought to the research station will be inspected as a patron arrives and again upon departure.

Under no circumstances is food or drink allowed at the research station.

Archival materials previously requested will be positioned on the circulation desk and accessible to patrons from the research station. The archivist will provide instruction in their proper handling, and either he or another Library employee will be at the circulation desk should any questions arise while researchers work.

Remote Access

Some collection materials are available digitally. Please contact Samantha Dodd (samantha.dodd@asc.upenn.edu) for more information.


At this time, ASCLA is not able provide duplication services; however, researchers may take digital photographs of most materials for reference purposes only, subject to the stipulations detailed in our duplication policy.


Researchers wishing to quote from or to include images of ASCLA’s materials in publications, performances, or broadcasts should first contact us.

  • Patrons must sign a copyright notice indemnifying the University, School, and Library for any repercussions arising from copyright infringement.
  • Collections and the Archives should be properly cited.
  • We ask that a copy of any publication that makes use of the Archives’ materials be donated to the Archives.