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ARCH 512: History and Theory II: Library Research

Fisher Fine Arts Library

The Fisher Fine Arts Library holds approximately 200,000 materials including rare books, maps, prints, videos, microfilm and microfiche, all in support of Penn Design and the Department of the History of Art. In addition, the library subscribes to over 300 journals, online and in print.  

For help navigating the Fisher Fine Arts Library building, look at the floor plans.

detail of stained glass window

Union Catalogs

WorldCat: Comprehensive online catalog of library holdings. Lists books, journals, maps, recordings, films, scores, and other materials located in public, academic, corporate, school and specialized libraries all over the world. Check Worldcat for holdings of material that are not available at Penn. Available items may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

OAIster: A subcatalog within Worldcat, OAIster is union catalog of digital resources from open archive collections representing multidisciplinary resources from more than 1,100 contributors worldwide. Records contain a digital object link allowing users access to the object in a single click.

Navigating the Libraries

Start your library research by navigating to Franklin, the Penn Libraries home page. In order to see request options and statuses, check your account, and be directed to electronic journals, log in using the "Login" button at the upper right.

Requesting Items

Need a book that has LIBRA as the location? That's the library storage facility. You can read this guide about requesting items from LIBRA.

Need a book that's not in Penn Libraries? You can use WorldCat or database information to request from other schools, through BorrowDirect, EZBorrow, or Inter-Library Loan (ILL).

Need a book that's at Penn but designated as rare? Request to view it through your Research Account for Special Collections.

If you would like to suggest a title be added to the Penn Libraries collection, fill out the online Purchase Request form.

Librarian for Art and Architecture

Patty Guardiola
Assistant Director, Fisher Fine Arts Library

Subjects: Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Fine Arts, Historic Preservation, History of Art, Landscape Architecture

Rare Books at Fisher