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Library Support for Swarthmore FLI Students

A selection of library resources for Swarthmore First Generation/Low Income students.

Fiction & Popular Nonfiction

Along with the tons of literature we have on the third floor of McCabe, we also have two additional collections for popular books and audiobooks.

Swarthmore's landing page for OverDrive, a service for e-books and e-audiobooks.

The best resource for popular e-books and audiobooks! From hot bestsellers to GRE and LSAT test prep, our collection of a few hundred titles has something for everyone.

Just getting started? Sign up for an account.

Already have an account? Connect to OverDrive through Tripod to see what's currently available or log in to the Libby app on your phone.

Using a screenreader? Screenreaders work best with OverDrive via a browser.

You can also connect your public library card to your Libby account to expand your selection.

Please note that Libby is only available to current Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff.

A photo of McCabe's popular reading room. There are low shelves on the left hand side of the picture that are filled with books, games, and coloring pages, and magazines on the right hand side on high shelves. There are a few armchairs and a low table with newspapers.

Popular Reading Room

Located on McCabe's first floor, this is the new fiction and popular nonfiction.

If someone already checked out what you want to read, you can place yourself on the waiting list. Search for the title in Tripod, sign into your account, and click "request" to place a hold on the book.

Comics & Graphic Novels

Alumnus Richard Lamb '88 donated over 10,000 comics to McCabe to encourage reading for the sake of pleasure (read the Alumni Bulletin's amazing comic feature on the donation). Check out our guide to the collection or browse the collection in the lounge on the second floor of McCabe, where you'll also find a growing library of zines.

A sign reading Zine Library to the right of a journal. Behind is a collection of zines in plastic sleeves.






There are even more comics and graphic novels in the stacks on the third floor of McCabe (PN67XX) --check out our recommendations:

Cover of Anya's Ghost: a girl in profile with her hair swirling up, showing a cartoonish face looking the opposite directoin.   Cover of Batman 66 omnibus comic, showing Batman and Robin in the foreground with Batman villains behind, including the Joker, the Riddler, and Catwoman.    Cover of comic book Portugal, showing a man in jeans and a t-shirt on a shaded balcony overlooking a sunny block of apartments with laundry hanging from lines.   Cover of Asterios Polyp comic, showing a gray cartoon of a man in a suit smoking a cigarette with the title of the comic in white over purple, blue, and pink banners.   Cover of Ms. Marvel comic, showing the bottom half of young woman's face with shoulder-length brown hair, large red scarf over neck and shoulders, and black T-Shirt. She holds a thunderbolt that becomes the letter "s" in the word "Ms."    Cover of The Wicked + The Divine comic, showing a feather turning to flames on top, the words The Wicked right side-up and The Divine upside-down.   Cover of Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spiderman, showing Spiderman in black suit standing between two moving yellow taxis.



News & Magazines

McCabe carries many popular magazines and newspapers in print, such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily Times, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, Main Line Today, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated.

Cover of The Economist with headline "Can pandas fly?"; illustration of flying panda bears with white wings facing viewer.      Cover of magazine Main Line Today, with headline "Best New Restaurants & BYOB." Cover image is a green bar with red bar chairs, a woman sits in one facing away from camera opposite a bartender mixing a drink.    Cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, headline "Rams Rise." Cover image shows two football teams in play.

Pick up these (and more) in the Popular Reading Room or the second floor lounge in McCabe.

A Brief Guide to Online Access:

Please note that these online news resources are only available to current Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff.

Left side shows slogan of PressReader "News that Matters. Stories you'll love." Right side shows two pages of The Washington Post.

Read over 5,000 newspapers and magazines, from local ones to international favorites, with PressReader, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, The Guardian, and more.

PressReader is also available as an app.

Logo: The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Create an account for streamlined off-campus access.

Education Week logo

Education Week

The New York Times logo

The New York Times 

170+ years of original reporting, investigation and analysis, including interactive graphics, visual investigations, Op-Docs, Live coverage, and more only available directly from and the NYT News App.

Sign up for an academic pass for access.

The Swarthmore subscription provides access to additional features, including:

TimesMachine - A browser-based digital replica of all issues from 1851 to 2002. 

Saved articles - Subscribers can save articles by selecting the Save button in the article tools list under the headline. Saved articles are accessible in the News app and on by going to My Account or directly to your Reading List when logged in.

Select NYT Games - Wordle, Sudoku, and the Mini are available for free through NYT Games or the NYT Games app. 

The Wall Street Journal logo and the slogan read ambitiously.

The Wall Street Journal

Use the "Ejournals" link to create an account and start reading.

Having trouble accessing your account? WSJ requires an annual account refresh to ensure that each user is still affiliated with Swarthmore. You will get an email about this about a week before your affiliation expires, but it might end up in your spam folder. To refresh your account, visit Let us know if you continue to experience errors.

The Washington Post logo

The Washington Post

Make sure you connect through Tripod for access if you're off-campus.

... and many more. Search Tripod for more and let us know if you can't find what you're looking for.