Welcome, Class of 2021!

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

  • Public computers, printers, scanners, and iPads are available, along with technology support.
  • There are quiet balconies with comfortable chairs, technology-rich collaborative spaces, large tables, and carrels among the book collections for private study.
  • In these library spaces you have direct access to extensive research collections in both print and online formats.

#3 — You can get quick answers and support for research

  • How to use the library catalog.
  • How to find a book or a scholarly article for a paper.

  • There is always someone at the Library to answer your questions; we have subject librarians to work with you in depth.
  • You can also call the library help line, 610-896-1166.

#4 — No one is a “born” researcher—you will have instruction support

  • Librarians will work with you to develop research skills throughout your college career.
  • We’ll help you access and analyze digital and print media.
  • You’ll see us in your classes, and we’ll provide helpful online guides to resources. Take a look at this research guide for the freshman writing class, Peace Testimonies in Literature & Art.
  • The Library organizes workshops outside of classes to build research skills.
  • For in-depth help, take advantage of the one-on-one meetings with subject librarians.

#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

  • Your professors will put books and movies on reserve in the Library for you to use.
  • Some readings for classes, including journal articles, are also available electronically through the course management system, Moodle.
  • When you need to print readings or assignments, Magill Library, White Science Library, and the Union Music Library all have public printers.

#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

  • The Library in the Observatory provides resources for astronomy and astrophysics.
  • There are librarians ready to work with you at all these locations, as well as in department offices at scheduled times.
  • From your dorm access journal articles full text, e-books, databases, and online encyclopedias.

#9 — You can take a study break

  • Relax in a soft chair while reading something from Magill Library’s browsing collections including popular magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin, novels, and newspapers.
  • Check out a movie from our DVD collection or from our streaming video collection to watch in the library or in your room.
  • Find music, browsing books and popular magazines in our Entertainment Zone.

#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.

Tell Us About You & What You Learned

Submit your answers to the following questions on or before August 29, 2017 to win a gift card for Wawa, the local 24/7 store that supplies hoagies, coffee, and other life essentials.
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(We will post anonymized responses to Questions 8 & 9 in Magill during Customs Week.)