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McCabe Library

Near the heart of the campus, McCabe houses the Humanities and Social Sciences collections and other collections of interest, including the Rare Book Room. The Friends Historical Library and the Peace Collection are also inside McCabe.

Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room of McCabe Library houses a wonderful collection of unique items including: rare, old, and limited-edition books, books that don't look like books, bound volumes of magazines and newspapers, Swarthmore publications such as the College Bulletin and the Phoenix, collections on William Wordsworth, O. Henry, W.H. Auden, James Michener '29, and Seamus Heaney.

While the Rare Book Room is not open to the public for browsing, you may discover Swarthmore Special Collections in Tripod and inquire about viewing items of interest in the reading room of the Friends Historical Library by contacting McCabe Library circulation for more information.

Cornell Science Library

Located within the Science Center, Cornell supports the research of both faculty and students  in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Astronomy.

Underhill Music & Dance Library

Nestled inside the Lang Music Building, Underhill houses the extensive collection of Music and Dance materials, in addition to being home to some of the loveliest views of the Crum Woods on campus.

Digital Collections

The gateway to digitized materials associated with the research and scholarship of the College and those of historical value, including the Phoenix and Halcyon.

Friends Historical Library

Located just inside the main entrance of McCabe Library, Friends Historical Library reflects the Quaker origins of Swarthmore College and is one of the outstanding research facilities for the study of Quaker history. Additionally, it maintains the College Archives and the papers of the Borough of Swarthmore Historical Society. 

Peace Collection

On the Lower Level of McCabe Library, the Swarthmore Peace Collection gathers, preserves, and makes accessible material that documetns non-governmental efforts for nonviolent social change, disarmament, and conflict resolutions between peoples and nations.

Black Cultural Center Library

Located inside the Black Cultural Center, the BCC Library collection encompasses works on African American experience and the American civil rights movement.

Beit Midrash

In Hebrew, "Beit" means house and "Midrash" comes from the word root that means to seek, to search out, to dig for meaning. A Beit Midrash is a House of Study. Swarthmore's Beit Midrash is a joint project of the Libraries and the Department of Religion and offers unique access to the rich tradition of Jewish textual interpretation within the liberal arts environment.

Women's Resource Center

The Women's Resource Center holds a collection of books selected by students and librarians.​​​​​

Language Center

Located in Kohlberg Hall, the Language Center maintains a large collection of films from all areas of study in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Stop in to browse, or find them on Tripod.