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FHL stacks and reading room

At the Library

Most Friends Historical Library materials have not been digitized, so if you want to see them, you will need to come to the Reading Room in person.  Search our catalogs before your visit:

  • Find Books & Periodicals in Tripod, the shared catalog of the TriCollege Consortium of Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges.
    • After entering your search terms, use the filters at the left to refine your search to items at Swarthmore: Friends Historical Library.
  • Find Archival materials and manuscripts in the TriCollege Libraries Archives and Manuscripts catalog.

Digital Collections Online

Most of our digitized materials may be found in the TriCollege Libraries Digital Collections site.

Many Quaker meeting records (including monthly meeting minutes from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia) have been scanned by Ancestry.com and are browsable on their website. Visit our Genealogy + Names Research page for more information and links. 

There are a few things in other places, so if you don't find what you're looking for, reach out via friends@swarthmore.edu for help!