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The Libraries beyond Swarthmore

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Memberships and Awards

The Libraries are enormously proud of being selected as the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2019 Excellence in Libraries Award. 

Participation in and support of the library community and organizations beyond Swarthmore  is vital to our success. As a start, Swarthmore shares a close, consortial relationship with our partners, Bryn Mawr College Library and Information Technology Services, and The Haverford College Libraries.  The Tri-College Libraries share a catalog, Tripod, and collaborate in nearly every area of collection management and discovery.

Additionally, Swarthmore College Libraries are members of the following organizations and initiatives with national and global reach:

CNI: The Coalition of Networked Information

CNI is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.

DLF: The Digital Library Federation

DLF is a community of practitioners who advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies.

EAST: Eastern Academic Scholar's Trust

EAST is a shared print initiative involving 60 academic and research libraries in 11 states from Maine to Florida. EAST is focused on retaining unique, scarcely held and frequently used scholarly monographs and serials, in support of scholarship, research and teaching.

Hathi Trust

Hathi Trust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Lever Press

Lever Press is a digitally native, open access, peer-reviewed press for works on the academic subjects of the liberal arts. Lever Press arises out of an initiative of the Oberlin Group to study how the libraries of liberal arts colleges could offer a new and compelling alternative to authors of scholarly works for a way of publishing their work.


Lyrasis is an organization created by its members to help libraries, archives and museums tackle wide-reaching challenges with a collective strength, including: the development and selection of new technology solutions; fostering community-wide projects that help deliver better outcomes and services; content creation, acquisition and management; support for new content models and strategies; and large-scale knowledge management programs unique to collections-holding institutions.

The Oberlin Group

The Oberlin Group is an organization comprised of leading liberal arts colleges in the United States, whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for member directors and staff to discuss issues of common concern, to share accomplishments and information on best practices in library operations and services, and to help members anticipate and adapt to the challenges of college library administration and liberal arts education.


The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) is a federation of almost 70 libraries, whose mission is to build access through collaboration among academic libraries in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.


SHARES supports active collaboration among its partner libraries and a generous resource sharing program (both onsite and through Interlibrary Loan) through comprehensive, expedited access to partners' collections.