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Libraries during COVID

Check the current status of our services. (02/22/21)

Building Access | Help with Research | Digital + Physical Copies
Due Dates + Returns | Available Resources | Textbooks + Course Reserves
Interlibrary Loan | Special Collections
 

Building Access

While the College campus remains closed to visitors, faculty, staff, and registered students may access these library buildings:

  • McCabe, Cornell and Underhill are open the following hours
  • Use of the Seats reservation system is strongly encouraged. You may reserve your seat in advance, or when you arrive
  • Special Collections are open by appointment

All library users must follow COVID safety policies including mask wearing and distancing.

 

Help with Research

RIAs and Librarians are available to help you with any stage of the research process - from clarifying your topic to citing sources.

 

Digital + Physical Copies

Learn how to obtain digital and physical copies of books, videos, and other materials.
 

Due Dates + Returns

  • Borrowing periods have changed due to shifts in the academic calendar. Log in to your account in Tripod to check due dates and to renew.
  • Faculty, staff, and on-campus students: return library materials using our drop-box out front of McCabe Library. You can return Interlibrary Loan and E-ZBorrow books too.
  • Off-campus students, alumni, visitors: return library materials to the Campus & Community Store.

 

Available Resources

You can find books, movies, journals and other resources through Tripod. Learn how to pick-up items and get digital access.

Explore our databases and research guides. Check out our Unwind Guide if you need a break. See our latest exhibits and events.

 

Textbooks & Course Reserves

 

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan and E-Z Borrow are available, however, the pandemic continues to impact service causing the delay of or inability to fill some requests.

  • Use these links to request journal articles or book chapters. These materials are delivered electronically and the service is available to both on campus and remote users.
  • On campus users may request physical items from E-Z Borrow (regional academic libraries) and Interlibrary Loan. Keep in mind, many libraries are not lending books due to the pandemic and we are not yet able to borrow internationally.
    • Users who are near to campus (but not following campus Covid testing protocols) may arrange to pick-up E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary loan materials from the Campus and Community Store. Email interlibraryloan@swarthmore.edu for more information.
  • Remote users who are not eligible to borrow physical items from E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan are encouraged to use the Suggest a Purchase form instead and the libraries will work to fill your requests.
  • email interlibraryloan@swarthmore.edu with any questions.

 

Special Collections

Faculty, staff, and on-campus students can make appointments to visit Friends Historical Library, Peace Collection, and the College Archives.