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. 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 more.
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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 digital portal to the Julius Rosenwald Fund Archives is scheduled to launch by the summer of 2023. The Rosenwald archives are currently closed to patrons as we complete the digitization process. Please consider joining our mailing list if you would like to receive a notification of the portal launch. We appreciate your interest and support.
Fisk Library Hours of Operation
Library Regular Hours
Monday - Thursday | 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday | 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday | 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Computer Lab Regular Hours
Monday - Thursday | 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday | 7:45 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday | 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
*Hours are subject to change. For additional information, call 615-329-8640.
Library hours during examination periods and breaks will be posted.
Located on the first floor. This is a collection of reference materials including books and periodicals. These materials do not circulate.
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. Fisk students can begin their search by using the Government Documents Research Guide.
Access to a global catalog of library collections is available online through worldcat.org. Circulating books can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. In addition, Fisk students, faculty, and staff have access to Belmont’s Lila D. Bunch Library and Vanderbilt’s Libraries including direct loan privileges. Ask at the Access Services desk about Belmont’s Library and how to obtain a Vanderbilt access card for entrance during evening hours.
A dynamic collection of electronic resources that change with the needs of our users are available to Fisk students. A full list of Databases the library subscribes to, including trial access can be found here:
Department Phone: 615-329-8731
DeLisa Minor Harris
Director of Library Services
Access Services Contacts
Department Phone: 615-329-8640
Technical Services Contacts
Department Phone: 615-329-8734
Paul Springer Jr.
Library Assistant for Technical Services
Special Collections & Archives Contacts
Department Phone: 615-329-8730
Special Collections Librarian
Schuyler Carter, MURP
Library Assistant for Special Collections