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Borrowing for Alumni

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At this time, the libraries and physical library materials are available only to College faculty, registered students, and staff who are following campus COVID protocols. The information on borrowing periods for these items, below, refers to the time when the campus is able to reopen. Thanks for understanding!

Be sure to check the Alumni Information page to see what online resources may be available for your use.

Are you in the area and interested in borrowing from the Libraries? Here's the scoop:

Alumni should visit the OneCard office to obtain their photo ID, then stop by the McCabe Library circulation desk to register. 

See the following for loan periods and eligibility:

Books + Audio Books
  • Loan period: 28 days
  • Two renewals
audio books and popular reading room books
  • Loan period: 28 days
  • One renewal
reference books
  • Non-circulating
Books from bryn mawr & haverford
  • Request at the circulation desk
  • Loan period: 28 days
  • Two renewals
Items on reserve
  • General reserves (including video) and active Honors Reserves materials do not circulate
  • Inactive Honors Reserves
    • Loan period: 28 days
    • All titles become "active" on April 1 to benefit anyone preparing for Honors exams and are subject to recall.
    • Two renewals
dvds & video
  • Loan period: 4 days
  • Limit: 3 items
  • One renewal
cds & lps
  • Loan period: 7 days
  • Two renewals
  • Loan period: one semester
  • Two renewals


Print journals do not circulate. Alumni are not eligible for borrowing through EZ Borrow or Interlibrary Loan. Many online resources may be used on campus and some online resources are available through the Swarthmore Online Alumni Community.