Borrowing Privileges (for You, Your Research Assistant, and Your Family)


To view what your may check out and for how long, please view the Services page. New and Visiting Faculty must visit Magill Library front desk in person to activate their library account.

Your Research Assistant

Faculty may request proxy borrowing privileges for their student research assistants. Proxy privileges allow a student to borrow materials in a faculty member's name with the faculty member's borrowing privileges. The faculty member will be responsible for all materials thus borrowed; the faculty member should ensure that the research assistant is using the privilege solely to obtain materials needed by the faculty member or required by the research assistant's assigned project.

Click here to apply for these privileges.

You will receive an email notifying you that the proxy card is ready for pickup at the library. If you do not receive notification within 48 hours, please email B`yWgnm5G?1Kk]{*t8~X]#[%D]AZR*x!2q=RMni}xcN.

Your Family

Your partner and children may have courtesy borrowing privileges at Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore libraries. To apply, please visit the Magill Library front desk with appropriate ID.

Research & Course Instruction Support

Subject librarians are happy to assist you in any way possible, from creating resource guides for your course to visiting your class.

In support of the faculty, librarians teach students research skills and strategies, including the very critical work of finding and interrogating texts, in both print and digital formats. Librarians also facilitate rich, complex, dynamic, and dialectic engagement with these texts. At all academic levels, librarians foster information literacy, understanding, critical reflection, knowledge production, and scholarship with classes, while also providing intensive, one-on-one support of students throughout their college career and culminating in their senior capstone projects.

Librarians provide a scaffolding of instruction that takes students from the basics of library catalogs and database searching, through an informed use of both print and digital sources, to an insider view of their chosen discipline's literature. Students at each level are encouraged to develop the evaluative and critical skills that will lead them to more complex projects. Librarians help students learn to contextualize ideas, whether on the screen or in print, and to see themselves as active participants in a purposeful conversation.

Librarians work with faculty to provide instruction tailored to the needs of a particular class in terms of its subject matter. They prepare web pages of relevant resources, so that students can become familiar with the key tools they need for research (see the Tri-College list of guides for current courses). In their discussions with classes, librarians bring in examples of content and issues that relate to course readings and to individual student research topics. They also explain strategies for navigating library systems, scholarly literatures, and the hybrid world of digital and print resources.

The Library's instruction format is very flexible. It can be used in the classroom, in the library, or in a workshop outside of class hours. Students also work individually with librarians on approaches to and resources for a research question. Many students, particularly senior thesis writers, remain in contact with their librarians throughout their projects. Content for instruction can focus on a class research paper, on particular databases, on resources for a subject area, or whatever will be most useful to students.

Subject librarians work closely with individual departments to assist faculty in their research projects and in preparing courses. We can help you plan research strategies, access key databases, and stay current in academic fields. Please take advantage of these services and ask about more:

Inquiries and Research
  • Quick answers that can save you time. "I have part of a citation but can’t find the article."
  • In-depth research help with resources and databases that librarians use with facility. "The cited reference search in the Web of Science indicates that Bennett’s article has had an impact beyond the field of gender studies."
  • Orientation to research in a field or topic area that is new to you.
  • Notifications about relevant new titles from your departmental librarian.
Information Management and Publishing.
  • Advice on data access, manipulation, and storage.
  • Assistance in working with different formats (image, film, audio), including access, rights, and reproduction.
  • Help with managing citations through bibliographic software like Zotero and EndNote.
  • Information about publishing, copyright, review sources, and the ways that libraries provide access to scholarship.
Work with Students and Classes
  • Initial training for your student research assistants and support for them throughout their projects.
  • Course guides tailored to the topics in your individual class and the needs of your students.
  • Class instruction on research methods and resources pertinent to specific projects. Faculty decide on the length of the session and location (classroom or library).
  • Workshops (outside of class) teach a variety of proficiencies which students need as they progress toward the senior capstone project. Faculty can recommend workshops to students in order to build their skills.
  • Librarians meet individually with students to give them guidance throughout the research process. They facilitate students’ use and understanding of a wide array of materials, both print and digital, available beyond the collections in the Tri-Colleges.
Collections and Resources
  • Library collections at Haverford that support your teaching and research interests can be developed through a partnership with your departmental librarian.
  • Library staff have extensive experience in acquiring material published across the globe, out-of-print titles, and other hard-to-get items.
  • There are additional relevant collections at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore, most materials deliverable within 24 hours.
  • Assistance in identifying rare materials in tri-college collections that will serve teaching and research needs. Also help in finding digital or microfilm copies of rare materials along with information about where the original material can be viewed.
  • A wide array of resources beyond the tri-colleges is available with expedited services through E-Z Borrow, Interlibrary Loan, and Article Delivery.
  • Haverford faculty members have privileges to borrow materials at the University of Pennsylvania and may use collections at Princeton and other research libraries through Haverford’s membership in SHARES.
Digital Scholarship
  • Digital Services and Scholarship staff works with faculty, students and Instructional and Informational Technology Services Staff to produce digital projects for classes and for longer term projects.
  • For more information, see the Digital Scholarship page.

To find out more, please contact your subject librarian:

Course Reserves

Electronic Reserves

To see what is on electronic reserves for a particular course, please log in to Moodle.

To add materials to electronic reserves, please contact Reserves (Magill Library), Carol Howe (White Science Library & Astronomy Library), Adam Crandell (Union Music Library), or your administrative assistant, as appropriate.

Physical Reserves

To see what is on physical reserves for a particular course, search by either professor last name or course number/name:

To add materials to physical reserves, please fill out the form below or visit any library front desk.

Overnight Check-Out Allowed? (If yes, students will be allowed to take out materials two hours before closing and are to return materials within one hour of opening the next day) *

(If more materials are needed, submit this form then continue with a new one.)

Streaming Media for Your Course

The Libraries will make streaming versions of media available in Moodle course sites. We will stream media in keeping with the TEACH Act, the College's Copyright policy, and available library resources. This means that:

  • We will require a copy of the final course syllabus, on which the title of the work must appear.
  • Works to be streamed must be owned by the Libraries. We will attempt to purchase copies of media for our collection when possible.
  • We will not prepare for streaming third-party copies, recordings or transfers, including rentals or personal recordings of broadcasted material.


In order to request streaming audio for a course, please send a list of required recordings and your course syllabus at least 2 weeks before the semester (or date needed for streaming) to Adam Crandell. Once the streaming audio is ready, it will be linked in your Moodle course.


In order to request streaming video for a course, please fill out this form for each film and send your course syllabus to Adam Crandell. Once the streaming video is ready, it will be linked in your Moodle course.

Because many films are only available for temporary streaming rights at a cost of $125 per course, we ask that you indicate whether you would like the Libraries to purchase the streaming rights at that price. For those films not available for lease, we will attempt to obtain permission from the rights holder of the work.

Once you have submitted your request, you will recieve an email with further details on how the streaming video process works. If you would like to schedule a film screening venue for your class, please view the Hires and Gummere Morley rooms on the Places page.

Haverford Scholarship

Haverford Scholarship is a comprehensive and authoritative archive of citations to Haverford College faculty publications. This repository contains over 3,000 records dating back to 1986.

Search by Keyword, Author, or Title:

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Faculty wishing to submit citations for inclusion in Haverford Scholarship should contact Norm Medeiros.

For questions about this resource, please read the FAQ or contact Norm Medeiros.

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Data Management

Effective January, 2011, the National Science Foundation requires that all applications for research funding include a data management plan to describe how the data created from the funded research will be shared, preserved and described. The library can assist Haverford faculty in managing their data to meet this requirement.

The Library will help researchers locate appropriate disciplinary repositories, when possible. Otherwise, we can work with faculty to provide local solutions, including Institutional Scholarship. Institutional Scholarship is the Tri-College's instance of DSpace, the open source repository software jointly developed by MIT and HP, and widely deployed for academia. Institutional Scholarship can be used to publish and manage data for wider distribution. It also provides enhanced access restrictions and embargo periods that can be applied as requested by researchers. Data files are easily downloaded by either authorized users or a general audience, as permitted.

For those faculty relying on the storage server, please note that data on the storage server is redundantly spread across multiple san servers for easy backup. Tape archives of the data are also archived, and the college maintains both local and off-site copies of these tapes as a normal function of disaster preparedness.

For more information on Data Management support, please contact Norm Medeiros.

NSF Requirements

Links to data management requirements and plans relevant to specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions, Programs, or other NSF units, are provided below. If guidance specific to the program is not provided, then the requirements established in Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j apply.

Non-NSF Requirements

For non-NSF data requirements, please consult: http://www.lib.umn.edu/datamanagement/funding

Selected Sciences
  • Biology
    Dryad - an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences.
    Protein Data Bank - An Information portal to biological macromolecular structures
    UniProt - Submit a new protein sequence to UniProtKB using SPIN, a web-based tool for submitting directly sequenced protein sequences to the Universal Protein Resource (for new nucleotide submissions, use EMBL's WEBIN instead).
  • Chemistry
    PubChem - provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. It includes substance information, compound structures, and bioactivity data in three primary databases, PCSubstance, PCCompound, and PCBioAssay, respectively.
  • Earth Science
    GEON - Portal for sharing, publishing, and integrating data.
  • Space Science
    National Space Science Data Center - NSSDC accepts data from: active archives in the space sciences funded through the Science Missions Directorate, missions in that same directorate, and individual scientists (mission or instrument principal investigators).
Social Sciences
Additional Data Repositories

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