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Whenever the Franklin University Nationwide Library is open, a librarian is available to help you with your research questions. While the library is open every day of the week, you’ll want to check our website for the specific hours of operation which vary.

During the school trimesters, the library is open:

Monday — Thursday 8am - 10pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm -5pm
Please check library web page for exceptions between terms.

Franklin University Mobile Map

Franklin app logo app for iPhoneThe free Franklin University app allows users to take a mobile tour of their campus, whether from the comfort of their home or while on campus. With this app, visitors can virtually tour Main Campus, contact the institution, and discover engaging facts on the history, mission, and direction of the institution.


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Welcome to the Library Website

The library offers a surprising amount of resources over a broad range of subject areas. We’ve designed our site to make it more likely that you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. We’ve dropped a lot of the librarian jargon in favor of clearer language and removed as many obstacles as possible to help make your research more efficient and productive.

We believe research can be fun – when you know what you’re searching for and you have a few good places where you can try to find it.

Search from Home
Our “Google-like” search feature (powered by Summon™) appears right on our main page. You can search for books, articles, and more without leaving home.

Helpful Guides
Our library research guides help students navigate relevant library research sources based on specific programs and courses. Access the most popular guides right from the library home page. You can also visit a complete directory of available guides.

Explore without Getting Lost
You’ll always know exactly where you are using our intuitive navigation bar. No matter where you are, you can find out what time the library opens and closes each day, start a live chat with a librarian, and check the due date on materials you have borrowed. 

  • Find It
    •  If you need information to successfully complete an assignment, you can start here to narrow your search. Let us know if you get stuck or if you’re pleased with how things turned out.


  • Research Help
    • Resources in this section will help you hone your search skills or get in touch with an expert to develop a more robust search strategy. You’ll also find tools to support your career planning here.


  • Services
    • In addition to lending items and helping with research, the library provides other services, including the use of student meeting rooms (SMRs) for group work, copying, printing and faxing. This section also helps you locate materials outside our collection and uncover which of our resources can be accessed via a smart phone.


  • About Us
    • This page contains links to information about the Franklin University Nationwide Library, including our staff directory, mission statement, collection development policy, memberships, consortial affiliations, donation guidelines, location, and hours.

  • Contact Us
    • If you’re driving around in circles to find what you’re looking for, stop and ask for directions to get you back on track. You can even recommend books and resources that you think would benefit other students.


We hope you get a lot of use out of this site. Let us know if you have suggestions for making it better. We’re here to help you find answers, refine your questions, and enjoy the search!

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Explore the short video tutorials within the Library Passport to brush up on the library skills you haven't used in a while or to improve your research abilities.

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The Connections blog helps keep you up to date on news and information from a variety of departments across the university dedicated to help you succeed academically. Check out our weekly library posts.