Katz Center Building Access Guidelines in the Age of COVID

August 9, 2021

Please review and adhere to the following guidelines and protocols before visiting the Katz Center or the Library at the Katz Center in-person. 

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Please visit Penn's official Coronavirus website for up-to-date information on mitigation strategies and public health guidance for the university.

As the University of Pennsylvania and the Katz Center transition back to in-person life and navigate the challenges posed by new variants, we ask all people entering the Katz Center building to abide by the following guidelines for their own safety, and for the safety of others. These rules may be updated in light of the evolving public health situation. 

Penn affiliates (faculty, fellows, staff, students) are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including the COVID-19 booster, and must submit documentation of vaccination in the appropriate system of record. Visit the Vaccinations page for the latest requirements and access to information, instructions, and request forms for medical and religious exemptions.

If you have tested positive for the virus, even if you have no symptoms, or know that you have been exposed to someone with the virus, use the PennOpen Pass system to report it confidentially, and do not seek access to the Center until completing any self-quarantine required by the university. For information about the PennOpen Pass system, see https://pennopen.med.upenn.edu/.

Non-Penn affiliates, including those seeking to use the library, are required to be fully vaccinated to gain admission to the building, or to have valid medical documentation exempting them from vaccination, and should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination or exemption if asked to do so by a staff member. Regardless of vaccination status, visitors not affiliated with Penn will be asked the same set of questions posed in the PennOpen Pass system by the receptionist, and will be denied admission if they show symptoms or have been in recent contact with someone with COVID-19. 

Anyone planning to work in the Center's Reading Room is required to make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. To seek an appointment, send an email to katzlibrary@pobox.upenn.edu

All people entering the building are required to mask (and we strongly encourage you to wear a surgical mask or KN95/KF94/N95 mask, as these have been shown to be more effective than cloth masks). This includes hallways, the elevator, the library, and the seminar room. The Center reserves the right to deny access in cases where it is exceeding a building occupancy consistent with appropriate social distancing.