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Borrowing Beyond Trico

student study in Cornell

The first time you use these services, you will need to create new patron accounts. Once the accounts are created, you won't need to do this again:

  • Create an E-Z Borrow account using the 14 digit number on the back of your One Card
  • Create an Interlibrary Loan and Article request account using your Swarthmore credentials

E-Z Borrow

Directly request books from regional academic libraries, and have them delivered in 2 to 5 days.

Interlibrary Loan

Request books (and more) not available in Tripod or E-ZBorrow, and have them delivered in 2 to 14 days.

Article Requests

Request journal articles not available in Tripod, and find them in your email in 1 to 10 days.


Frequently asked questions
who is eligible to borrow beyond trico?

Actively enrolled students, faculty (including emeriti) and staff

is there a limit to the number of requests i may make?

There is no limit, but since it may not be possible to process multiple requests in the same day, please prioritize them in order of need.

may i renew?

It depends...

  • E-Z Borrow items may not be renewed.
  • ILL loan renewals depend on policies at the lending library. Contact ILL with questions about renewability.
are there things that may not be borrowed?

The following (non-exhaustive) list includes things that are likely not able to be borrowed:

  • current textbooks
  • reference books
  • rare books
  • works of art
  • posters
  • vinyl LPs
  • valuable items
  • fragile items
  • pre-publications items