How the
Library Works

This slideshow introduces you to...

Essential resources for on-campus + remote students

Accessing resources
using Tripod

How library staff
can help you succeed

Special Collections

Only at Swarthmore

Getting recommendations from Research Guides

Resources

Advice

Services

Spaces

Digital subscriptions to journals, news, and more.

Books, Articles, Music, Films: Digital and physical copies

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.

Anywhere

On-campus

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

How do you access library resources from off-campus?

Two Options

EZProxy

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

VPN

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 virtual appointments at swarthmore.libcal.com.

  • 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

Nabil Kashyap

English literature, film & media studies

Pam Harris

educational studies, modern languages & literature,

psychology

 

Roberto Vargas

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

 

Sarah Elichko

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

 

Lorin Jackson

Black Studies

Donna Fournier

dance, music, theater

Special
Collections

Celia Caust-Ellenbogen
Archivist, Friends Historical Library

Jordan Landes
Curator, Friends Historical Library

David Obermayer
Archivist, College Archives

Wendy Chmielewski
Curator, Peace Collection

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

Internationalism

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.

COVID Update:

Interlibrary Loan is limited to digital requests right now.
During a typical semester, Swarthmore folks can request print and digital materials from other schools.

Cornell

Access

Use your OneCard to enter

Underhill

McCabe

Hours

To see when we are open check the Libraries website.

Library
Spaces

Thank you for viewing the
How the Library Works tutorial!

Have questions?

librarian@swarthmore.edu

swarthmore.edu/libraries/get-help

How the Library Works

By Swarthmore Reference

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