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Reserves Lists

Many professors will ask the libraries to set aside copies of the books you will need for class.  They are kept behind the circulation desks of McCabe Library, Cornell Science Library, and Underhill Music and Dance Library.  Most reserve items circulate for 3 hours and overnight.  All Libraries have scanners.

To see if the book you need is on reserve, search the library reserves collections.  Search by professor or course name to check availability. 

Reserves Collections Loan Periods

  • General Reserves from McCabe & Underhill

    • Loan Period: During the day, materials check out for 3 hours. Books may be checked out overnight after 9:30pm Sunday through Friday, and after 4pm Saturday. Items checked out overnight are due back at the library at 9:30am Monday through Friday, and 12pm on weekends
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: 1 penalty point per hour
  • General Reserves from Cornell

    • Loan Period: 2 hours, for use in the library only.
    • Renewals: 1 renewal in person at the Circulation Desk, unless the item has been requested by another patron.
    • Overdue Fines: 1 penalty point per hour
  • Video Reserves

    • Loan Period: 4 hours, for use in the library only. Some materials check out for 1 day.
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: 1 penalty point per hour
  • Active Honor Reserves

    • Loan Period: Due 1pm the following day regardless of check out time.
    • Renewals - McCabe & Underhill: Unlimited renewals by phone or in person at the Reserves Desk, unless the item has been requested by another patron.
    • Renewals - Cornell: 1, unless the item has been requested by another patron.
    • Overdue Fines: 1 penalty point per hour
  • Inactive Honor Reserves

    • Loan Period: 28 days, or 1 semester for seniors. All honors reserves become active on April 1 to benefit those studying for exams, and are subject to recall. If you have a concern or question, please email circ@swarthmore.edu or visit the Reserves Desk.
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.