Policies & Procedures
The Libraries adhere to and publish various policies and guidelines, which guide internal and external work. Those policies and guidelines deemed of interest to a broader audience are included here. We welcome any questions, comments, or requests for clarification.
Anyone may use materials housed in the Haverford Libraries. However, to borrow books you must have either a valid College I.D. from Bryn Mawr, Haverford or Swarthmore or a courtesy borrower card from Haverford.
Haverford College builds its collections of information resources in cooperation with Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College, as part of the Tri-College Consortium.
Harmful Descriptive Language
Haverford College Libraries aim to create descriptions that are inclusive and respectful to those who are represented in and use our collections.
Copyright can be complex, and as a result complying with copyright can be daunting at times. The Libraries have created a Copyright Resource Guide as an aid in navigating common academic issues and situations.
The Haverford College Libraries invites students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Haverford community to propose and produce exhibitions in the library that support the teaching, learning, and research goals of the College.
Quaker & Special Collections wishes to facilitate access to collections, and recognizes that reproductions are an important aspect of that process. We will work to meet these needs to the extent that physical conditions, copyright, or other legal restrictions permit.
Researchers in our Reading Room are encouraged to use cameras or cell phones to make reference copies. There is no charge for self-service photography.
We also welcome requests for copies of up to 500 pages per researcher per year; this increase from our previous policy is due to limited researcher access due to COVID-19 concerns. There is no charge for this service. Reproductions are made as PDFs, and delivered via email. We will accommodate specific, smaller requests for high quality tiff images made at 600dpi resolution.
Materials in our collection are governed by copyright law; researchers are welcome to use materials in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by law. Determining copyright is the responsibility of the researcher. We do not require payment for permission to publish, but are always interested to hear how our materials are being used. As a matter of good scholarly practice, materials should be noted as being from Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania. Please include collection or image name and number as available.
Please consult a staff member if you have questions. Requests must be made via our request form. Although we strive to complete requests within two weeks, due to COVID-19, variable staffing, request queues, and request sizes, some requests can take longer. Requests are processed in order of receipt.
Please contact hc-special [at] haverford.edu ( ) with any questions.