Franklin Living Room
The foyer leads directly to the Franklin Living Room. Comfortable couches and chairs mark the five seating areas of this English brown oak-paneled room, where members can enjoy afternoon tea or cocktails with friends. A full-color, leaded-glass window of the University seal, created as a memorial for Penn track star Samuel Heebner Terry, C'06, is the centerpiece of the skylight that illuminates the antique carpets, distinguished woodwork and red and blue fabrics. Bookshelves hold the Club Library, with its outstanding works by Penn faculty and alumni; histories and yearbooks of the
University; the books of the University Press and newspapers and periodicals. A computer provides links to Van Pelt Library and the campus information network.
This room honors Benjamin Franklin with a casting of the "Young Franklin" statue, created by acclaimed University professor and sculptor R. Tait McKenzie, that stands in front of Weightman Hall. This beloved living room library is often cited as a key reason why members join The Penn Club -- simply to have the benefit of enjoying this room.
Franklin Living Room Services
Hours: The Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Coffee Service: Complimentary coffee service is served daily from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kite & Key Bar: Cocktails and light snacks are served in the Library between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Members are welcome to use the computer available in the library to check their email or log onto The Penn Club web site
to RSVP to club events.
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, and The Weekly Pennsylvanian are available in the library daily. Reciprocal Club magazines and newsletters are also available for our members' pleasure.
Classic board games such as Scrabble, Checkers, Chess, Backgammon, regular playing cards and more are available for members to play with one another another over drinks and are great for families too.
All books are circulated. Members are welcome to check out books at the front desk for their reading pleasure.