Fisk University Library

The Fisk University John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library is the academic hub of the university, working to support the academic programs by providing books, electronic resources, and other materials. The present building was completed in 1969 and opened in January 1970. It houses over 240,000 volumes. Special Collections is a major national resource for the study of the African-American experience. 

The library catalog identifies materials in the Franklin library which includes Special Collections. These materials include books, government publications, electronic journals, music scores, maps, and other cataloged items.

Library Services

Online Catalog
This resource is the key to accessing library holdings. This system allows students to search the catalog by author, title, keyword, subject, words in a title, author and title, and reserve lists. 

Access Services Desk
The access services desk is located on the first floor. The circulating books are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Students with valid IDs may check out books and reserve materials. Items on reserve must be used in the library.

Located on the first floor. This is a collection of reference materials including books and periodicals. These materials do not circulate. 

Special Collections and Archives
Located on the 2nd floor, these collections of rare materials draw patrons and scholars from around the world. The African-American collection, which includes books, manuscripts, archives and oral histories, is a major source for the study of the African-American experience. These materials must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Learn more about Special Collections and Archives.

Government Documents
The John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library is a selective document repository of publications by the United States government. The collection contains printed materials, microfiche, CD-ROMs and periodicals.

Access to Other Collections
Access to the catalogs of libraries in the Nashville Area Library Alliance is available online through Project Athena. Circulating books can then be requested through interlibrary loan. In addition, Fisk Faculty and staff have access to Watkins School of Art and Design and Vanderbilt’s Libraries including direct loan privileges (Vanderbilt’s Eskind Biomedical Library is excluded). Ask at the Access Services desk about Watkins School of Art and Design and how to obtain a Vanderbilt access card.

Electronic Resources
A dynamic collection of electronic resources that change with the needs of our users are available Here (131 KB, PDF)

Hours of Operation

Hours are subject to change. For additional information, call 615.329.8640.

Library hours during examination periods and breaks will be posted.

Regular Operation Hours

Days Hours
Monday - Thursday7:45 am - 10:00 pm
Friday7:45 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Regular Operation for Computer Lab

Days Hours
Monday - Thursday8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday2:00 pm - 9:30 pm

DeLisa Minor Harris
Special Collections Librarian

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