Franklin &  Marshall College Library

Introduction to the Franklin & Marshall College Library

Ask @ the Library

The Library supports the mission of the College by providing scholarly resources vital to liberal education and by teaching the research skills necessary for lifelong learning. The Library is committed to developing knowledgeable information consumers. With this in mind, librarians and professional staff partner with faculty and students to enable effective location, access, evaluation and ethical use of information.


Shadek-Fackenthal Library

The Shadek-Fackenthal Library features book and journal collections in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Shadek-Fackenthal is also home to domestic and international newspapers and magazines, the Browsing collection of leisure reading, plus the College Archives & Special Collections.
Shadek-Fackenthal Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday    8:00am - 12:00am
Friday    8:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday    11:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday    11:00am - 12:00am

A fob is required to enter the building after 9:00p.m. Building hours are extended at the end of each semester.

Shadek-Fackenthal Library Services

  • Ask Me/Reference desk: The desk is the place to consult with a librarian about all things library and research related, plus anything else about which you are curious! Librarians are also available by phone, e-mail and IM. For a full listing of "ask" options, see Ask Andy on the library's web site.
  • Circulation desk: For checking out books, plus picking up books borrowed through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and E-Z Borrow. Students may check-out up to 50 books at a time, each item for 4 weeks/28 days. Your F&M ID is required! To renew books log into My Account. You may also request renewal by phone - simply call 717-291-4223. Fines for overdue books are $0.25 per day, per book.
  • Reserve desk: For checking out course materials as designated by professors. Your F&M ID is required!
  • Computers, printers, etc.: Fully networked and software-loaded Apple® computers, printers for black & white printing, photocopiers, change machines and microfilm reader/printers are available for your self-serve use. The entire library is also wireless!

Martin Library of the Sciences

The Martin Library of the Sciences features book and journal collections in the Life and Physical Sciences, plus Mathematics, Psychology and Computer Science.
Martin Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday    8:00am - 2:00am
Friday    8:00am - 12:00am
Saturday    9:00am - 12:00am
Sunday    11:00am - 2:00am

A fob is required to enter the building after 9:00p.m.

Martin Library Services

The Circulation & Reserve Desk is the centralized service desk at which one may:

  • Ask anything! The desk is the place to consult with a librarian about all things library and research related, plus anything else about which you are curious! Librarians are also available by phone, e-mail and IM. For a full listing of "ask" options, see Ask Andy on the library's web site.
  • Check out books: Students may check-out up to 50 books at a time, each item for 4 weeks/28 days. Your F&M ID is required! To renew books log into My Account. You may also request renewal by phone - simply call 717-291-4223. Fines for overdue books are $0.25 per day, per book.
  • Check out Reserve materials: Students may check-out materials set aside by professors for a particular course. Your F&M ID is required!
Computers, printers, etc.: Fully networked and software-loaded Apple® computers, PC computers for Windows®-based software for the sciences, printers for black & white printing, photocopiers, and microfilm reader/printers are available for your self-serve use. The entire library is also wireless!

Organization of Materials in the Library

Most academic library resources are organized using the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System, and assigned an LC Call Number. Library of Congress Call Numbers consist of a combination of letters and numbers, and are arranged in an alphabetical, numerical, and chronological sequence. Always read a book's spine label call number from left to right, top to bottom.

Please Note:
All examples are given in accurate shelf order.

The first letter (or combination of letters) are listed in alphabetical order and represent one of the 21 major subject divisions of the LC Classification System.

H45
.B62
1990

HA126
.F99
1987
HB12
.I90
1975
HC13
.C55
1952
The following set of attached numbers are listed in order and help to define a book's subject within the major division. B45
.H432
1980
B467
.K77
1967
B1200
.P95 A66
1990
B1231
.C33 I7
1981
The next grouping of letters and numbers often represent a coded representation of the author or title of the work, commonly referred to as the Cutter Number. KF456
.A43
1993
L901
.C26
1993
L901
.C263
1988
L901
.C27
1976
A publication date often follows in chronological order. B1200
.P95 A65
1990
B1200
.P95 A651
1974
B1200
.P95 A66
1990
B1200
.P95 A66
1992

Call Number Locations and Library Maps

Once you have obtained a call number from the Library Catalog, please use the Call Numbers & Maps guide to locate your book in either Shadek-Fackenthal Library or Martin Library of the Sciences.

Glossary of Library Terms

For a better understanding of library resources and terms, please consult the Glossary of Library Terms located on the library web site.

created by cr 12/06; updated by ls 9/07