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Visitor Borrowing

The following information will be relevant when the libraries are open to visitors.

Who May Borrow?

One card eligible

Visit the One Card Office in Parrish Hall to obtain a photo ID, then go to McCabe Library to register your card. 

  • Family Members of Swarthmore College Faculty and Staff
  • Pendle Hill Residents
  • ABC House Staff

Who May Borrow for Free

The following may borrow materials after applying for a courtesy card at the McCabe Library circulation desk. Current, valid identification and proof of employment will be required.

  • Teachers in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District
  • Teachers in any Friends School
  • Students at Strath Haven High School (with a registration card signed by the SHHS Librarian)
  • Employees of the Swarthmore and Wallingford Public Libraries
  • University of Pennsylvania faculty (with signed letter from Librarian or Provost)
  • Members of the Pennsylvania Academic Libraries Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) (with completed Reciprocal On-Site Borrowing Authorization Form)

Who may borrow for an annual $20 fee

The following may borrow materials after applying for a courtesy card at the McCabe Library circulation desk. Current, valid identification and proof of residency/employment will be required.

  • Residents of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District
    • $10 for senior citizens
  • Teachers at Public Schools in Chester, Delaware or Philadelphia County
  • Faculty of other colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey or Pennsylvania (with letter from Provost)
  • Graduate students of other colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey or Pennsylvania (with schedule or tuition statement)
  • Clergy

Non-local, visiting scholars may borrow for an annual $100 fee.

What Can Be Borrowed?

visitors May Borrow

  • Books (not including course reserves, reference titles, items in the McCabe popular reading room and other non-circulating titles)
  • Videos, DVDs, and CDs

visitors may not borrow

  • Journals and Magazines
  • Items from Bryn Mawr or Haverford College
  • Visitors are not eligible to recall items or place requests through Interlibrary Loan and EZ Borrow
  • Visitors are not permitted off-campus access to databases and other online resources

See our Visiting the Libraries page for hours, directions, and more.