Congratulations on your acceptance to Haverford. We look forward to seeing you at Magill Library during Customs Week. More importantly we are excited about working with you during your academic career. To help you get ready to make the most of the Libraries’ services, here are...
11 things you should know about your Libraries
#1 — You can get what you need from the Libraries
- We have books, journals, CDs, videos, and online resources that support classes and campus interests. Take advantage of Haverford’s million and a quarter+ titles!
- We share our collections and catalog (Tripod) with Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges. This gives you access to nearly 3 million additional titles. Use the request button, under the holdings tab, to get items within 24 hours.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to borrow from the University of Pennsylvania and other national and international libraries.
- In all these transactions, your student ID—OneCard—will be your library card!
#2 — You will find good places to work
#3 — You can get quick answers and support for research
#4 — No one is a “born” researcher—you will have instruction support
#5 — You will have scholarly tools
- Scholarship today draws from both print and digital sources across time and topics.
- We provide online subject guides to navigate these resources: see the research guides for Biology, English and Political Science done by librarians at Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore.
- Journals publish the latest research and controversies in a field. They will enrich your understanding of issues. Search in databases to find journal articles written on your topic.
- At Haverford Special Collections you can work with manuscripts, rare books, Haverford College documents, prints, photographs and more. Whether you study the earliest organized protest against slavery (1688) or minutes from last year’s Plenary, the forum for Haverford’s Student Association, you can access unique resources first-hand.
#6 — You can prepare for class discussions in the Libraries
#7 — You can access digital collections created at Haverford
- Most seniors write a thesis as a culmination of their study at Haverford. Browse the online thesis archive to see their work. Some theses are open access, while others are available only to Haverford users, depending upon author preferences.
- Student researchers under the direction of Professor Barak Mendelsohn have created the Global Terrorism Research Project, which includes a database of Al Qaeda statements.
- Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index, also maintained by student researchers, has recently added images to its records.
#8 — You can connect with Library resources in many places
#9 — You can take a study break
#10 — You can work more strategically with Google and go beyond it
- We can make you more effective users of Google and the Web.
- We can help you access rich resources not available on the internet.
- We can open windows directly connecting you to scholarly debates not available through Google.
#11 — You will have an improved main library in 2019
- Beginning in January 2018, library services will move to Founder’s Hall, the Science Library and Roberts Hall to give you full support during the remodeling period.
- The remodeled library will include outstanding teaching, learning, and event spaces, improved access to Special Collections materials, a digital commons, a café, and display areas for student exhibits.
- The library’s historic areas will be preserved while the new construction will offer open vistas and light-filled areas for study and conversation.