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Book catalogs not only allow you to obtain books at Penn, but also provide information about other libraries in North America that have a book, as well as summaries of content (such as chapters and authors in an edited volume). Use these catalogs to begin your search.
Franklin is the University of Pennsylvania's online catalog. Start your search here if you want to obtain a book, journal, or electronic resource at Penn. You can search in Japanese or English, by keyword, author, title, journal title, subject, and more. In addition, you can browse by subject and call number.
Borrow Direct is a loan system including Ivy League universities and the University of Chicago. Subject searching in Borrow Direct can provide information about books not available at Penn but easily obtainable (within several business days). It helps to expand a subject-based search beyond Penn's immediate holdings.
E-ZBorrow is a loan system including over 60 academic libraries in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Subject searching in E-ZBorrow can provide information about books not available at Penn but easily obtainable (within several business days). It helps to expand a subject-based search beyond Penn's immediate holdings.
Worldcat is a union catalog of Western and some Japanese libraries (NDL and Waseda). It will display which libraries hold specific books, and provides a Franklin link for books owned by Penn. An OCLC number, available on Worldcat, is helpful for Inter-Library Loan staff to retrieve books.