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Borrowing Beyond Trico

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 emerita) 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
Is anything off limits?

Probably! Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of things that will probably not be lent: 

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