Photo Gallery


The library book sale during Family Weekend, Oct. 26-28, attracted many book lovers looking for good buys. The Legacy of Rome was the first book sold.

Tasha Lewis ’12 created an installation of her cyanotype butterflies on the microfilm cabinets in McCabe Library and in other campus spaces in the fall.



At the Library

Extraction and the American Dream

January 9 – February 20

Hydrofracking site with drill rig. Columbia Township PA. All photographs © J Henry Fair 2013

McCabe Library Lobby Artist’s lectures: Friday, January 25,12:30 pm, McCabe Lobby Monday, February 18, 8 pm, Science Center 101

New York-based photographer J Henry Fair seeks to create art […]

Book Arts

by Anne Garrison

Kinnikinnick Brand Kickapoo Joy-Juice

Turkey Press, 2004 This is a delightfully whimsical book featuring the poetry of Jonathan Williams, an American poet, publisher, essayist, and photographer, known for his association with the experimental Black Mountain College. Sandra Reese, of Turkey Press, designed, letterpressed, and bound this gem, which also features hand-inked stencils […]

Staff Notes

Jessica Brangiel


Jessica Brangiel joined the library staff in early January as the electronic resources management specialist. She is responsible for overseeing the library’s collection of about 15,000 journals and 500,000 ebooks, managing the entire life cycle (purchasing, access, assessment, and archiving) of online materials. Her previous positions included working as global content […]

Five students to participate in library intern program

by Meg Spencer

This semester five students have been selected for the ninth Library Intern Program: Christina Aruffo ’14, Stephanie Braziel ’15, Maria Mejia ’15, Maureen Murray ’14, and Alison Ryland ’14. Each week, the interns will explore a different aspect of librarianship in classes taught by various members of the library staff and participate […]

Book collecting contest offers cash prizes to three students

February 4 is the deadline for applications to the A. Edward Newton Student Book Collection Competition, the longest-running collegiate book collecting competition in the nation. Started in the 1930s by a renowned Philadelphia book collector, A. Edward Newton, the competition awards cash prizes to the top three Swarthmore students who submit the best essays and […]

Alums can get JSTOR articles

Alumni are now able to access journal articles on JSTOR through the library’s subscription, using the proxy server at

JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that includes full-text content of more than 1,400 academic journals, as well as thousands of primary sources.

Academic Tech Fair Feb. 19

The Library and ITS are sponsoring the Academic Tech Fair on Tuesday, February 19, 10 am to 2 pm, in the Scheuer Room. Librarians Kate Carter and Donna Fournier are on the organizing committee.

More library staff will be involved that day. Lucy Saxon will be answering questions on ebooks or other library-related topics at […]

More electronic resources added to library collection

by Amy McColl

Accessible Archives Swarthmore had a portion of these titles previously, but now all the tri-college libraries will have the full title list. Contains full-text primary resource materials in American history including newspapers, magazines, and genealogical records originally only offered on microfilm. Covers 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and includes African American newspaper […]

Libraries engage in partnership with new Institute for Liberal Arts

by Lucy Saxon

The Institute for Liberal Arts, established at Swarthmore last year, has a mandate from the College Strategic Plan to study and strengthen the liberal arts model of higher education even as our society meets overwhelming challenges. To quote the Strategic Plan, The accelerating rate of the production of information, a more pervasive […]

Version 2 of Tripod just released

by Spencer Lamm

One year ago, the tri-college libraries launched the new library catalog and now have just released Version 2 of Tripod. It includes many improvements and new features.

Highlights include: Authentication by campus email Instead of your 14-digit library bar code, you can now use your campus email and password to access your […]

Devere Allen Lantern Slide Collection is online

No more war parade, Berlin, early 1930s

by Wendy E. Chmielewski

The Devere Allen Lantern Slide Collection is now part of the online Triptych collection. Devere Allen was a writer, editor, internationalist, and socialist who came of age in the 1920s. Connected with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the War Resisters League, Allen edited […]