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Locating, Downloading, & Printing E-books

1.) From the Franklin homepage, select the Catalog tab, then use the filters on the left to limit to Online and Book.

Screenshot of the left sidebar of filters from Franklin catalog, showing filters such as Access: Online, and Format: Book

2.) Search within one of Penn Libraries' many E-book Collections

3.) Check out Open Access options within collections such as:

*Downloading will vary based on the provider/ vendor


  • If the e-book has DRM (Digital Right Management)-protected limitation you may need to download a software such as Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader to read the e-book on your computer, this software also has mobile apps available
  • Some vendors (such as EBSCO) may require you to setup a free account through their system

For more information, visit the E-books at Penn: Digital Rights Management page

*Limitations will vary based on the vendor

  • EBSCO will indicate print/save limitations under the Publisher section and their copy/paste limitations are listed under Permissions
  • Proquest will indicate their copy and print option under their Available for Online Reading section

Library of Congress Classification System

Library of Congress Call number chart

See the Library of Congress Classification outline in machine-readable text as well.

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