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Libraries + Collections

McCabe Library exterior

Near the heart of the campus, McCabe Library houses the Humanities and Social Sciences collections in addition to Swarthmore's Archives and Special Collections which include the Friends Historical Library, the Swarthmore College Peace Collection and the Rare Book Room. McCabe is also home to the Lib Lab, a new collaborative space which is used for exhibits, presentations and events and as a workspace for Digital Scholarship projects. 

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.

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.