A Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections Online Exhibition
From its original catalog of 770 titles, the Haverford collection stands now at about 625,000 titles, including not only printed books of the sort that the first students would recognize but thousands of items in formats that were not yet invented in 1836--microfilm, sound and video recordings, websites, and electronic databases, journals, and books. The Library also collects other types of materials previous generations might not have thought to preserve: periodicals, diaries, the records of organizations, and photographs.
Access to collections at Haverford has grown the most not through the acquisition of physical materials but through cooperative agreements with other libraries and through the creation and licensing of digital collections. Its libraries will only continue to become more interdependent in the coming years. Newer challenges such as the curation and preservation of online archives and data sets will occupy more and more of librarians' time, as will assisting users in navigating the vast, complex digital world.