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Introduction to Library Resources and Research (HC)

Checking Out and Renewing Materials

Checking items out can be done at our self-check machines located in all of our libraries.  You will need your OneCard.  Tap, scan or enter your ID number (beginning 21795...).  Return shelves are located under each of the self-check machines.

You can renew many of the titles you have checked out through your Tripod account.  Use the Sign In link (upper right-hand corner) in Tripod to log in.  Go to the Loans page to renew individual titles. If there is a problem renewing a book from outside the Tri-Colleges, please send a message to  You will always receive an email message reminding you that a title is due soon.  You can reply to that reminder to ask for a renewal. 

Course Reserves

Faculty members identify required readings, films and music for the courses you will be taking, so that everyone can learn and prepare for class discussions.  The Libraries set up course reserves for individual classes.  You can check the Tripod catalog for an individual title.  If you don't see that it is available yet, feel free to email us at

Much of the material is available in digital copies on Moodle on the individual course pages.  Some books and other materials are only on print reserve shelves in the Libraries (Lutnick Level 1, White Science Library and Harris Music Library) because they are not available digitally.  Print reserves can be checked out for in-building use and scanning for 2 hour time periods.

The college bookstore sells and rents textbooks and other titles assigned for individual classes.  You can use this link to search for course material available from the bookstore.  

Computers, Printers and Scanners

There are both PCs and Macs in Lutnick on Level 2 and the Harris Music Library.   The White Science Library has PCs.  Log in using your Haverford credentials. 

Public printers and scanners (for Black & White and Color copies without charge) are available at Lutnick, White Science and Harris Music Libraries.  For information on poster printing, see this page.

Requesting Material from Other Libraries

You come across a journal article on the Web, but it costs money.  Should you get it?  

No.  The library can supply most of the materials you need.  First, check to see if the item is in our catalog (enter the title and change the dropdown to Articles). If not, Google the title to see if it is available on the Web.  If it is not, request it through Article/Chapter Request.  The Interlibrary Loan Department, led by Rob Haley, is able to get digital copies of many articles, all without charge for students, faculty, and staff at Haverford.

Here is how to get the resources you need:

1.  Requesting Resources from TriCollege Libraries

Log into Tripod (upper right corner) to access the "Request"  button that will have titles delivered within the Trico.  They will usually usually arrive in one or two days.   If a book is currently checked out, request it through EZ Borrow (see below) rather than recalling it from its current user.  You will get it faster that way.

2.  Requesting Resources that are not Available in Tripod

Request materials using the Borrowing beyond Trico page.  There are no charges for requests nor are there limits on the number of items you can submit.  Articles, book chapters and other digital material will be sent to your email address.  You will be notified when print copies and other material are ready for you to pick up on the Hold Shelf (Lutnick Level 1, White Science and Harris Music Libraries) and check out. 

     Use EZ Borrow to request books from regional libraries including Penn and NYU.  They will often arrive in 3 to 4 days.

     Use Interlibrary Loan for books not in EZ Borrow as well as dissertations, videos, and other materials.

     Use Articles for journal articles and single chapters from books.      

You can also request articles and books using the  button in database records and in WorldCat.

3) Accessing the Libraries' Digital Resources when Off Campus

If you start at this guide or the Tripod library catalog for Haverford, you will be prompted to sign in and authenticate through the Off-campus Access page when you click on an online resource link .  Use your email user name (no and password to log on.  You will need to navigate through Tripod, rather than typing URLs in the search box for your entire session.  The proxy prefix has to remain in your URL in order to access digital materials to which Haverford subscribes.

You can also go to the Off-Campus Access page directly.

Study Spaces and Meeting Rooms

Find unique places to study in the different libraries on campus.  There is a loft with easy chairs in Lutnick Library and a two-story glassed atrium overlooking the duck pond in the Harris Music Library

Carrells and group study rooms are reservable in Lutnick and the White Science Library.  See details for reserving spaces through EMS (Event Management System) or on-site kiosks.  This Lutnick Library map shows locations of quiet study tables, carrels, meeting rooms and other space options.