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Athenaeum  Catalogs

Athena Library Catalog

Athena is the Athenaeum's library catalog.  Use it for finding books and trade materials.  Some architectural drawings and photographic collections are cataloged in Athena, but these are more easily searched in PAB.


The Athenaeum's ebook collection can be found at this link.  They will work on Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook, and Windows devices. Have your Athenaeum library card and pin code available.  If you do not yet have a card and pin code, please contact the librarian ( to obtain them. Pin codes are case sensitive.

E-Book help for specific devices

E-Book general help

Philadelphia Architects & Buildings

The Philadelphia Architects & Buildings Project is a cooperative effort between the Athenaeum, The University of Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Historical Commission, and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.  It contains information on buildings, architects, and the architectural collections of over 30 local institutions.  Use PAB to find architectural drawings and photographs.

Browse by Collection

This link will take you directly to the Athenaeum's collection list in the PAB database.  It is best used for browsing within a particular collection.

Additional Resources

These databases are only available from computers at The Athenaeum.

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodical Collection, Series 1-5 (1691-1877)


Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals




Ancestry Library Edition