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Using Franklin Catalog

What's in the Franklin Catalog?

Franklin Catalog contains:

Searchable, descriptive records of the holdings of all the Penn Libraries, excluding the Biddle Law Library, which has a separate Catalog called LOLA.  Types of content includes

  • books
  • ebooks
  • journals by journal title
  • newspapers by newspaper name
  • videos (both DVDs and streaming)
  • sound recordings
  • subscription databases
  • manuscripts
  • datafiles
  • and other resources owned and/or subscribed to by the Penn Libraries.
  • HathiTrust public domain records are also included.

Location information for print works and links to available full-text are provided. The catalog includes materials that have been order or received, but not yet cataloged.


Franklin Catalog does not contain:

  • Individual articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers. To search for individual articles, use Franklin Articles+ and other databases available through the Penn Libraries.
  • Individual chapters, essays, and papers within edited works, collections of essays, and conference proceedings.

Access to E-Resources

Franklin Catalog contains records to many full-text e-resources, including journals, ebooks, government publications, streaming videos, newspapers, and much more.

For detailed information about accessing full-text works, see the separate guide called Using E-Resources.

If you are encountering a problem accessing an electronic resource, the following information may assist you: 

If you continue to experience problems, please complete this E-Resource Problem Report Form.