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

Welcome to the Tripod catalog.

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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, databases, journals, scores, 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

Limit what you are searching

Tripod Results

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Narrow your results

with these facets

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Tripod Results (video 44sec)

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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 - dance and music

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

Most colleges use Library of Congress call numbers rather than the Dewey Decimal System

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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

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

NOTE: Please also check the MOODLE for your class to see if the resource you are looking for is located there

Research Guides

Tripod links to the TriCo's Research Guides - in which librarians compile resources useful for research projects in all subject areas and provide information on a variety of other topics

Research Guides


You will find guides for:

general subject areas 

specific courses and topics


And the name of your subject librarian!!


Note: Click on the "S" for access to Swarthmore's resources

Research Guides

Subject Area Guides

Research Guides

Course Guides

Research Guides

Topic Guide

How-To Guide

Research Guides 

You can also search for a database (like JSTOR), browse the database list, or use the quick links for some commonly used databases to find articles and other resources

Research Guides (video 1:25 min)

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