Searching the collection if Hamnet is down

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On the rare occasions that our online catalog (Hamnet) goes down, it is still possible to search for most materials in the alternative ways described in this article.

Finding e-resources

Subscription services listed on Hamnet's "e-resources" tab can also be reached through Folgerpedia's List of digital resources at the Folger.

Finding open stacks books

  • WorldCat: Call numbers of many open stacks books can also be found through WorldCat
    • search the title under "Books" in WorldCat
    • select the correct title
    • scroll down to see the list of libraries that have the book (select "Show libraries holding just this edition" if you're looking for a specific imprint)
    • if the Folger and the Library of Congress are both listed, click the Library of Congress link and make a note of their call number (because WorldCat displays libraries by proximity, the Folger and LC are always right next to each other, and both at the top when searching on site)
    • the call number of the Library of Congress copy will usually be the same or very close to the same as the call number of the book at the Folger
    • find the book in the Deck B Open Stacks

Finding closed stacks material


  • Card catalogs: Most books acquired before 1997 can be found by searching the card catalogs. Please refer to this Folgerpedia article for search tips and assistance.
  • LUNA: Call numbers for books that have been photographed (or partially photographed) and added to our our digital image collection can be found by searching for the item in LUNA (including the separate Bindings Image Collection).
  • English Short-Title Catalogue: Many (but not all) of our English books printed before 1800 are listed in the ESTC. To find a Folger call number in the ESTC:
    • Search for the title you're interested in
    • Scroll down to see if the Folger is one of the North American libraries with that title
    • If so, select "HOLDINGS DETAILS" under "Format options" near the top of the record (just below the Permalink)
    • Find the Folger holding and make a note of the Folger call number (labeled "Shelfmk" for "Shelf mark" in ESTC)
    • Note: you can also include "Folger" as "Library name" in an Advanced Search, but because the system then has to index all 57,000 Folger records, it's usually much faster just to search for a title, then look at the list of holdings libraries.

Searching for manuscripts

The Folger Finding Aids database is not connected to Hamnet and should still work during any outage.

Use the Union First Line Index of English Verse to consult the contents of poetical miscellanies. Search by shelfmark and sort by folio number to get a full list of poems.

The online Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Archive includes watermarks of some Folger manuscripts.