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.
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 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:
To see what is on electronic reserves for a particular course, please log in to Moodle.
To add materials to electronic reserves, please contact Theresa Donahue (Magill Library), Norm Medeiros (White Science Library & Astronomy Library), Adam Crandell (Union Music Library), or your administrative assistant, as appropriate.
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.
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 Laurie Allen. 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 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:
Faculty wishing to submit citations for inclusion in Haverford Scholarship should contact Norm Medeiros.
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 Triceratops. Triceratops is Haverford's instance of DSpace, the open source repository software jointly developed by MIT and HP, and widely deployed for academia. Triceritops can be used to publish, manage, and preserve 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.
- University of Wisconsin Research Data Services
- ICPSR - Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans
- Cornell Univesity Data Management Planning
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.
- Education & Human Resources Directorate (EHR)
- Engineering Directorate (ENG)
- Geosciences Directorate (GEO)
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (MPS)
- Division of Astronomical Sciences
- Division of Chemistry
- Division of Materials Research
- Division of Mathematical Sciences
- Division of Physics
- Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)
For non-NSF data requirements, please consult: http://www.lib.umn.edu/datamanagement/funding
- Atmospheric Science
National Center for Atmospheric Research - Scientific datasets of historical value are curated and catalogued at the Mass Storage System
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).
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.
- Computer Science
Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) - provides tools and analyses promoting the engineering and maintenance of a robust, scalable global Internet infrastructure.
- Earth Science
GEON - Portal for sharing, publishing, and integrating data.
National Oceanographic Data Center - NODC is an organization made up of the Oceanographic Data Center, National Coastal Data Development Center, World Data Center for Oceanography, and the NOAA Central Library, integrated to provide access to the world's most comprehensive sources of marine environmental data and information.
- 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).
- Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) - The world's largest archive of digital social science data. ICPSR staff can guide you in preparing your data for archiving and distribution. See their Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving and their page on Depositing Data.
Additional Data Repositories
New to the Collection
- Histoire des pchs capitaux au Moyen Age
Paris : Aubier, 
- The Asian American achievement paradox
New York : Russell Sage Foundation, 
- Constitution (1947)
New York, American Russian Institute, 1950
- Piano music. Selections
[New York] : Boosey & Hawkes Milwaukee, WI : Distributed by Hal Leonard, c2007
- Engaging Buddhism : why it matters to philosophy
Jay L. Garfield
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
- Women artists : the Linda Nochlin reader
New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2015
- Des dlits et des peines
Paris : Gallimard, 2015
- Imagined liberation : xenophobia, citizenship, and identity in South Africa, Germany, and Canada
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 
- Territories of the soul : queered belonging in the Black diaspora
Durham : Duke University Press, 2015
- Jeff Koons : split-rocker
[New York] : Gagosian Gallery, 
- Banksy in New York
[New York] : Carnage NYC, [2014?]
- Traffic [DVD]
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2002
- Go east : the Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection
author Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
Paddington, N.S.W. Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 2015
- Affective literacies : writing and multilingualism in the late Middle Ages
Turnhout : Brepols, 
- The rise of the military welfare state
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 
- The architecture and cities of Northern Mexico from independence to the present : Tamaulipas, Nuevo Len, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California Norte and Sur
Edward R. (Edward Rudolf) Burian
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015
- The three burials of Melquiades Estrada [DVD] = Los tres entierros de Melquiades Estrada
Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006
- Comparative morphology of vascular plants
Adriance S. (Adriance Sherwood) Foster
San Francisco, W. H. Freeman 
- Les questions symboliques d'Achille Bocchi : Symbolicae quaestiones, 1555
Tours : Presses universitaires Franois Rabelais de Tours Rennes : Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015
- Modernism in the magazines : an introduction
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2010
- Diversions for the young pianist
New York : Associated Music Publishers, 1946
- From Yale to jail : the life story of a moral dissenter
David T. Dellinger
New York : Pantheon Books, c1993
- Trio, piano, flute, cello, op. 63, G minor
Carl Maria von Weber
Mnchen : G. Henle, 2000
- Artes, vocabularios, doctrinas y confesionarios en lenguas de Mxico
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mxico : Universidad de Sonora, 2013
- What do we know about Africa? [DVD]
Boston, Mass. : The University, [2007?]
- Cinq sicles de lumires la cathdrale d'Auch : les vitraux d'Arnaut de Moles
[Escalquens?] : ditions Grgoriennes Auch : Mairie d'Auch, 2011
- Home stage
Jessica Todd photographer Harper
Bologna, Italy : Damiani, [2015?]
- Vocal music. Selections arranged
[Germany] Deutsche Grammophon, 
- Making modern Japanese-style painting : Kano Hgai and the search for images
Chicago London : University of Chicago Press, 2015
- The pageant of Peking : comprising sixty-six Vandyck photogravures of Peking and environs from photographs
Shanghai : A.S. Watson, 1920
- tudes, piano
New York : Galaxy Music Corp., 1976
- Vingt-quatre prludes et fugues : (Le clavier bien tempr, Livre 1)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Paris : Socit franaise de musicologie, 2010
- Digital art
London : Thames and Hudson, 2015
- Etruscan culture, land and people : archaeological research and studies conducted in San Giovenale and its environs by members of the Swedish Institute in Rome
New York : Columbia University Press Malm, Sweden : Allhem Publishing, 1962
- The feminism of uncertainty : a gender diary
Ann Barr Snitow
Durham : Duke University Press, 2015
- Piano music. Selections
[New York] : Boosey & Hawkes Milwaukee, WI : Distributed by H. Leonard, 
- Barbara [DVD]
- A short guide to writing about art
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey : Pearson Education Inc., 
- Harrap's student dictionnaire : anglais-franais, franais-anglais
Paris : Harrap, c2010
- Art and devotion at a Buddhist temple in the Indian Himalaya
Melissa R. Kerin
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 
- Jersey Coffee series of photo-lithographic view cards
Dayton, Ohio : Dayton Spice Mills Co., [between 1860 and 1900?]
- Whitney Museum of American Art : handbook of the collection
Whitney Museum of American Art author
New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, 
- Stone butch blues : a novel
Ithaca, N.Y. : Firebrand Books, c1993
- Literary theory and criticism : an introduction
Anne H. Stevens
Peterborough, Ontario : Broadview Press, 
- Routledge international handbook of children's rights studies
Abingdon, Oxon New York : Routledge, 2015
- On the table : Ai Weiwei
Weiwei artist Ai
Barcelona : Ajuntament de Barcelona Madrid : La Fbrica, 
- The Port folio
Philadelphia : The Editor and Asbury Dickens, 1801-1827
- Brokeback mountain [DVD] : opera in two acts
[Paris] : Bel Air Classiques,