A Brief Tour of Scott Library


First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

Fourth Floor

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Welcome to Scott Memorial Library!


Located at 1020 Walnut Street, the center of the Jefferson campus, Scott Memorial Library is open to Jefferson faculty, staff and students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Service desk hours vary and are posted here.


Library services include lending, reference, interlibrary loan, Internet access, on-line searching, quiet and group study areas, photocopiers, laser printers, computer application support, and user education. Many services are freely available via the Library's website and computer workstations located throughout the building.


This brief tour will introduce you to Scott Library.


The Security Desk

All visitors to Scott Memorial Library are asked to present a photo ID to the security staff upon entering the building. Access is 24/7 for Jeffersonians, but members of the general public may enter the Library Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by purchasing a $7 guest pass for a day. Access to Library Services and Resources


We strictly enforce a no food policy for the Library. Beverages are permitted if they are in sealable containers. Food and all types of beverage containers are welcome in the Library Café.

Study tables, comfy chairs and wireless reception make the Browsing Room a convenient place to meet with colleagues, study with friends, set up your laptop, or just relax.


This area contains the popular leisure reading collection of best-selling books. New books arrive monthly, and may be checked out for 3 weeks, just like the scholarly books upstairs.

Browsing Room/Study Area

Scott Library Café

The café includes a variety of seating options and vending machines which offer popular snacks and candies along with coffee, water, fruit juices, and sodas. You may also bring food in from other sources.


Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and you can use the café computers or bring your own laptop or mobile device.

The Service Desk

Visit the Service Desk to check out books, journals, reserve materials, medical models, laptops and tablets. Or, stop by to ask questions about any Scott Library services.


Your Jefferson ID is your library card. Contact the Service Desk at 215-503-6994.


Visit the Consultation Desk to ask questions, conduct research, and find out about library resources. Our Information Services staff can help you:

  • structure a research strategy or choose databases and search terms;
  • identify funding sources for research projects;
  • or use citation managers (RefWorks, F1000, or EndNote).


The Consultation Desk is open until 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.


Our friendly librarians can also be reached by:


The Consultation Desk

Study Spaces

The second floor offers a variety of study spaces including a casual seating area, large tables, computer workstations, and small group rooms. Portable white boards are available. This is not a quiet floor and group study is encouraged.


The ten small-group collaboration rooms are available to Jefferson students. Each room is fully equipped with a computer, a large flat screen monitor, and a writing surface. The six rooms on the west side are unlocked and available any time between 8am and 2am. The four rooms on the east side may be reserved.


Bound Journals

While Scott Library has transitioned to a primarily electronic journal collection, the remaining bound print journals are shelved alphabetically by journal title on the 3rd floor. Bound journals may be checked out overnight.


Search Journal Titles to find out what the Library owns in print or electronic form.


Computer Classrooms

Room 306 is a 50-seat iMac computer classroom. Room 307 is a 30-seat Dell computer classroom.


These rooms available for hands-on instruction or individual study and come complete with projection screens, a SMART Podium (Sympodium), and other software supported by Scott Library staff. Instructors may request a computer classroom for classes. Individuals may use the computers any time there are no classes scheduled.

Study Spaces

The third floor includes quiet study spaces and computer workstations. Individual study rooms, on the west side of the floor, may be reserved for up to four hours.

Print Book Collection

The main collection of printed books is on the fourth floor.


Jefferson students, faculty, staff, alumni, affiliates, and library members may borrow books. A book may be checked out for three weeks and renewed if someone else has not requested it.


Search the Library's catalog for print and electronic books.


In 2019, the library's 3rd and 4th floors were upgraded for an improved design. The building's columns were adorned with archival images from the university's Special Collections and photographs of current Jefferson students. These column wraps brighten up the space and celebrate the university's growth and achievements through the years.


Study Spaces

The 4th floor offers a wide range of spaces and seating options for those looking for a quiet and comfortable place to study. Patrons can choose between large standing desks, individual study carrels, computer workstations, and varied size study tables with glass partitions.

University Archives

The University Archives and Special Collections, in Room 401, is open by appointment Monday to Friday from 9-5 p.m. The collection includes manuscripts, university publications, institutional records, photographs, rare books, artifacts, and more.


The rare books can be found in the Library's catalog, digitized items are available in the Jefferson Digital Commons, and finding aids can be searched from the Archives' website.


Still looking for more information? Contact our archivists.


Where are the elevators, restrooms, telephones and photocopiers?


House Phones


Rest Rooms