One-stop searching for
library resources at Bryn Mawr,
Haverford, and Swarthmore.

Welcome to the Tripod catalog.

Explore a topic
Discover related books, articles, videos + more.

What can you do in Tripod?

Find something specific
Search Tripod to find a library copy or online access.

What can you do in Tripod?

(includes books, articles, films, journals, music + more)

What can you do in Tripod?

Search "anything" that we own / have access to

Search print and online books, journals, databases, movies, etc. (NOT articles)

Retrieves only articles that we have access to

Searches for books on reserve for your courses

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Tripod Results


I'm looking for a book that I know the title of... Enter the title and select Books + Media

Tip: If you don't see your title in the first few results, place "quotation marks" around the title

Tripod Record

Clicking on the title or the availability will allow you to see the full record including all of the locations where you can find this title.

Tripod Record

The main Swarthmore Libraries are:

McCabe - humanities and social sciences

Cornell - sciences, engineering and math

Underhill - performing arts

How to read a call number

Call number in Tripod:

     QC355.3 W35 2015
On the spine of the book:
  QC355.3  ← alpha
          ↖whole number . decimal
  W35  ← alpha, decimal
  2015  ← year

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E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan allow you to borrow this title from beyond the TriCo

If a copy of this title were available in the TriCo, use this link to request it.

Request options

NOTE: Not all borrowing services are available at this time, we hope they will all resume in the fall semester

Request options

TriCo request: if a book is available from Bryn Mawr or Haverford, you can place a request to have it delivered to Swarthmore (~1-2 days delivery)


If a book is not available in the TriCo...

EZ Borrow: search this consortium of Pennsylvania libraries to have a book delivered to Swarthmore (~2-4 days delivery)


Interlibrary Loan (ILL): fill out a request form + the ILL staff will search all over to find you the book you are looking for (delivery time varies; can also be used for articles)

Course Reserves

Search by course number, course name, department, or faculty

Limit to Course Reserves

If you don't see books for your course, you can use these facets to narrow your results

Course Reserves

The record for the book shows the course information and which library you can find it in.

If one is available, there would also be a link for an ebook

We'll talk more about Tripod, the libraries, and research when we see you next week. Don't hesitate to ask us questions.

In the meantime, feel free to start exploring on your own.

For homework...

  • Search Tripod for a book called How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls
    • Note its library location and call number
  • Search Tripod for an article about Gender and Harry Potter
    • Is the article available to read online?
    • Note the title of the article and the name of the journal


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