How the
Library Works

This slideshow introduces you to...

Essential resources

Accessing resources
using Tripod

How library staff
can help you succeed

Special Collections

Only at Swarthmore

Getting recommendations from Research Guides





Digital Subscriptions to journals, news, and more.

Books, Articles, Music, Films

Help with Research from Librarians + RIAs

Request Access to articles and books we don't already have.

What do the Libraries provide?

Study, Print, Explore

Main libraries: McCabe, Cornell, Underhill

+ a lot more!

GIF showing Tripod search, text reads: "Use Tripod to access library materials!"

Need a resource?
Check Tripod.



Wherever you're located, you can use library resources and services.

How do you access library resources from off-campus?

Two Options


Look up your resource in Tripod. Follow the link provided. You'll be prompted to login.


Use a VPN client to connect to Swarthmore resources.

We made a guide to help you connect with resources off-campus.

scroll down to read

Research guides?

Librarians curate research guides to highlight resources and share information. You can find guides for subjects, courses, and topics.

Find the link in Tripod:

How can you connect with library services and advice?

Students can make appointments at

  • You're overwhelmed by the amount of information you're finding
  • You can't find anything written about your topic
  • You've found some sources...but you're not sure if they're reliable
  • You need (free) access to a specific article/journal/book/film

What can librarians help you with? Here are some situations:

We won't do your work for you, but we'll help you navigate resources, clarify your ideas, and develop stronger research skills.

Library Staff

Your Librarians

Research and Information Associates

Special Collections 

Your Librarians

Andrea Baruzzi

science, math, engineering

Pam Harris

educational studies, modern languages & literature,



Roberto Vargas

Art & Art History, Classics, English, Latin American & Latino Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religion,  Spanish


Simon Elichko

economics, gender & sexuality studies, Peace & conflict studies, political science, sociology & anthropology


Donna Fournier

dance, music, theater


Celia Caust-Ellenbogen
Archivist, Friends Historical Library

Jordan Landes
Curator, Friends Historical Library

David Obermayer
Archivist, College Archives

Rachel Mattson
Director of Special Collections

Peer academic mentors who offer research support 

Special Collections

What's in Special Collections?

Peace, nonviolence, pacifism, and conscientious objection

Quaker history and spirituality

Women’s history, including political rights and feminism

African-American history, including abolition and civil rights

Native American history

Prison reform

Environmental activism

Swarthmore College history

Swarthmore borough history

Friends Historical Library

Peace Collection

Artists' Books

College Archives & Rare Book Room


Connect with Resources Beyond Swarthmore

Tri-College Consortium

E-Z Borrow
Academic libraries
in PA, NJ, NY

Interlibrary Loan

Libraries all over
the world

   Penn      Drexel     Temple     NYU      Rutgers

  Swat          Haverford      Bryn Mawr

 Oxford              Columbia              Sciences Po  

Harvard       Stanford     Museum of Natural History

Libraries work together to share resources across institutions. So if you can't find something in Tripod, let us know.



Use your OneCard to enter




To see when we are open check the Libraries website.


Thank you for viewing the
How the Library Works tutorial!

Have questions?

How the Library Works

By Swarthmore Reference