Access resources from on campus

Connection is automatic if you are on the campus network. Go to the Library Catalog or Journal Finder to check F&M access.

Access resources from off campus

  1. Login to Software Server with your NetID
  2. Download Utilities / Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client
  3. Install Cisco AnyConnect on your computer
  4. Launch Cisco AnyConnect
    • Enter server:
    • Hit Connect
    • Enter your F&M NetID & password
  5. Disconnect when done
NOTE: If you're using a mobile device, click here for instructions.

Log in to your library account

You can log in to your library account using the 13-digit code on the back and the last 4 digits on the front of your F&M ID. Use your account to renew books, see a list of checked-out items, and check on due dates.

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Access Policy

All are welcome to use the services and print collections of the Library. Our primary objective is to meet the academic needs of Franklin & Marshall College. Others may be asked to yield to the needs of our primary users. After 9 pm during semesters, buildings are reserved for current students, faculty and professional staff.

Visitors under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Arrangements can be made to assist patrons of any age who need to find government information.

Group Access ID
Franklin & Marshall
Students 50 books + ILL + EZBorrow + databases F&M ID
FPS (including retirees) 100 books + ILL + EZBorrow + databases F&M ID
FPS spouses, partners & children under 21 5 books F&M ID
Alumni & their spouses & partners 5 books F&M ID
Friends of the College 5 books F&M ID
Friends of the Library 5 books F&M ID
Affiliates & Programs
Center for Talented Youth Instructors 20 books CTY ID
North Museum Staff 5 books + databases F&M ID
Nearby Colleges 5 books Current college ID
Albright College, Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, Gettysburg College, Harrisburg Area Community College - Lancaster, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lebanon Valley College, Lycoming College, Messiah College, Millersville University, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (LGH), Penn State Harrisburg, US Army War College, Wilson College, York College
Other None None
Visitors Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Access Policy

Computing Policy

Current F&M students, faculty and staff have priority access to our resources. Access to library databases is restricted to this group due to license agreements.

Unaffiliated Walk-in visitors can access:

Direct affiliates of the College (alumni, prospective students & parents, FPS spouses/partners, campus speakers) can get:

  • onetime visitor desktop access (with staff assistance)

The library can not be held liable for materials viewed and used. Displaying adult websites on public computers in the presence of others could be construed as sexual harassment. Please refer to the following College policies:

Access Policy

Fines Policy

If you miss a due date, you will be charged a small fine to encourage prompt return of materials.

Type Fine Renewal
Book 25 ¢
per day
28 days
Reserve $1
per hour
Recalled Book $1
per day
Lost Book $70
per item, minimum
Interlibrary Loan $1
per day, after a week's grace
30 days
at institutional discretion
EZ-Borrow Book 25 ¢
per day
28 days

Animal Policy

Animals are not allowed in library buildings unless they are registered service or therapy animals. Service and therapy animals must be registered with the Office of Disability Services in order to be allowed in Library buildings. For more, please see F&M's official service animal policy.

Bicycle Policy

Bicycles are most welcome on campus and can be borrowed. However, to maintain safety and access, bicycles are not permitted in Library public spaces. Bicycle racks can be found outside both Shadek-Fackenthal Library and Martin Library of the Sciences.

Food & Drink Policy

Please protect our collections by:

  • Bringing capped or spill resistant drinks only
  • Limiting food to the 1st floors of both buildings
  • Cleaning up trash when finished

Due to the unique value of items in the Archives & Special Collections, food and drink are not allowed.

Friends of the Library Policy

The Friends of the Library at Franklin & Marshall College was organized in October 1986 as a prelude to the bicentennial celebration of the College. The purpose of the Friends is to advance the Library as a cultural and historical resource both within the College and in the larger community by providing support for development of library collections beyond the confines of the instructional program.

Books, however, are uppermost on the agenda of the Friends. The primary use of membership dues is for books and manuscripts whose acquisition would not normally be possible using the funds supplied by the College for regular library purchases. These may include examples of contemporary bookmaking from small presses, additions to established rare books and manuscript collections (such as the Unger-Bassler Collection of German Americana), or simply desirable works too expensive to be purchased otherwise.

The activities of the Friends include public lectures featuring speakers who address a variety of topics relating to books, libraries, collecting and preservation. Members of the Friends of the Library also receive borrowing privileges to all circulating library collections (as noted in the Access Policy).

Friends must be 21 years of age. Membership is open to all living within a 2 hours drive of the College who wish to consider themselves Friends of the Franklin & Marshall College Library in the following membership categories:

Seniors (65+)$5
F&M Student$5
Active - Single$25
Active - Couple$35

The membership year begin upon registration and will expire in 365 days.

To join, stop by a circulation desk, or drop us a note with your Name, Address and Membership Contribution, or print and complete the online Friends of the Library application (PDF), and send to:

Friends of the F&M College Library
Shadek-Fackenthal Library
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

Quiet Study Policy

Encourage study by following the floor use guidelines:

You may use your cell phone in the library foyers and stairwells. Thank you for being considerate to other visitors!

The College Library reserves the right to enforce all library and campus policies. Those who abuse privileges will be asked to leave and may no longer be permitted to use College Library facilities. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.


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