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Haverford College

Borrowing

Who may borrow | What and for how long | Requesting and recalling
Specifics for : students and staff | faculty | alumni | courtesy card holders

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.

You must present your I.D. when borrowing, renewing, placing a request, or recalling an item at the Circulation Desk.

You are responsible for keeping track of the due dates for all items checked out on your account and for returning or renewing items by their due dates.  A due date card is placed in each item, or you can access your library account to check due dates at http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/patroninfo/. To login, you must enter your last name and the 14-digit barcode on your I.D./library card.  As a courtesy, the Library assists you in keeping track of due dates by sending reminder notices.

 


Who May Borrow

Specifics for : students and staff | faculty | alumni | courtesy card holders

The following persons have or may by courtesy obtain borrowing privileges at Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges:

  • Students, faculty, staff, and alums of the three colleges.
  • Faculty/staff partners and children associated with any of the three colleges.
  • Faculty affiliated with E-ZBorrow Libraries. Ask at your institutional Library to obtain introduction papers needed for establishing borrowing privileges.

The following persons may have courtesy borrowing privileges at Haverford libraries upon presentation of the appropriate documentation. A courtesy borrower card will be issued by a full-time Circulation Services Staff member. Note that these borrowing privileges do not extend to the libraries at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore.

  • Haverford Board of Managers and Members of the Corporation must present picture ID, e.g., a valid driver's license.
  • Faculty from local area schools and colleges must present a letter of introduction from the library, provost or department chair of their institution.
  • Religious leaders in the community must present a letter of introduction from the administration of their religious organization.

Students from other colleges must use their own library's interlibrary loan service in order to borrow Haverford materials.

 


What may be borrowed and for how long

 

By students and staff

Material Loan Period Renewals Overdue Fines/Penalties
Books (in general) 4 weeks (Thesis: 1 semester) 2 by phone, e-mail, or online; 3rd by bringing item to desk 3 week grace period with no fines, after that: at least $15 fine
Recalled materials (all books are subject to recall after 2 weeks) Generally due 5 days after the other patron's request Not renewable $2 per day
Videos/DVDs 1 week (Limit: 5 at a time) 1 3-day renewal by phone, online or e-mail HC,BMC: 10 day grace, then at least $15 fine*; SC: $1/day
Periodicals/Journals 1 week 1 renewal HC,BMC: 10 day grace; then at least $15 fine*; SC: $1/day
Science & Music Journals In-Library Use Only    
Sound Recordings 1 week HC: 2 renewals HC: 10 day grace period; then at least $15 fine*; SC: 50 cents per day
H Special Collections Case-by-case Request by e-mail or in person  
E-Z Borrow books 28 days; Check blue band 1 renewal online or e-mail $1 per day
Interlibrary Loan books Varies - see white band on the book or material Request renewal before the due date at the front desk; lending library may grant or refuse $1 per day
Reserves - Magill 2 hours, in-library use. Most items may be checked out overnight: After 11pm Sun-Thu: due 9:30am next day. After 8pm Fri & Sat: due 11am next day. Unlimited renewals in person at the circulation desk, unless the item has been requested by another patron HC: 2 day grace period, but prof is notified; then at least $15 fine*; BMC: $1/hour; SC: 1 penalty point/hr
* Note: After the grace period a bill is sent that includes a replacement cost for the material, a $10 processing fee and a $15 billing fee. Items returned after a bill has been sent will have the replacement cost and $10 fee waived; the $15 fine stands. Items returned after a bill has been sent to the Business Office for collection will only have the replacement cost waived; $25 stands.

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By faculty

Material Loan Period Renewals Overdue Fines/Penalties
Books (in general) Feb 15 of next year renewable, online or in person Replacement costs if book is lost
Recalled materials (all items are subject to recall) Generally due 5 days after the other patron's request Not renewable Account blocked
Videos/DVDs 1 week (Limit: 10 at a time) 1 renewal by e-mail, online or in person Replacement costs if video/DVD is lost
Periodicals/Journals from the Main Libraries 1 week 1 renewal by e-mail or in person Replacement costs if lost
Sound Recordings Feb 15 of next year 1 renewal by e-mail, online or in person Replacement costs if lost
H Special Collections Case-by-case Request by e-mail or in person  
E-Z Borrow books 28 days; Check blue band for due date 1 renewal online or e-mail  
Interlibrary Loan books Varies - see white band on the item Request renewal before the due date at the front desk; lending library may grant or refuse Replacement costs if material is lost

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By alumni

Material Loan Period Renewals Overdue Fines/Penalties
Books (in general) 28 day loan period 2 by phone, e-mail, or online; 3rd by bringing item to desk 3 week grace period with no fines, after that: at least $15 fine
Recalled materials (all items are subject to recall after 2 weeks) Generally due 5 days after the other patron's request; Cannot recall from other patrons Not renewable $2 per day
Videos/DVDs 4 days (Limit: 3 at a time) 1 renewal HC,BMC: 10 day grace, then at least $15 fine*; SC: $1/day
Periodicals/Journals In library use only; do not circulate    
Science & Music Journals In library use only; do not circulate    
Sound Recordings 1 week HC: 1 renewal HC: 10 day grace period; then at least $15 fine*
E-Z Borrow books Not available for use    
Interlibrary Loan books Not available for use    
* Note: After the grace period a bill is sent that includes a replacement cost for the material, a $10 processing fee and a $15 billing fee.

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By courtesy card holders

Material Loan Period Renewals Overdue Fines/Penalties
Books (in general) 28 day loan period 2 by phone, e-mail, or online; 3rd by bringing item to desk 3 week grace period with no fines, after that: at least $15 fine
Recalled materials (all items are subject to recall after 2 weeks) Generally due 5 days after the other patron's request; Cannot recall from other patrons Not renewable $2 per day
Videos/DVDs 4 days (Limit: 3 at a time) 1 renewal HC,BMC: 10 day grace, then at least $15 fine*; SC: $1/day
Periodicals/Journals In library use only; do not circulate    
Science & Music Journals In library use only; do not circulate    
Sound Recordings 1 week HC: 1 renewal HC: 10 day grace period; then at least $15 fine*
E-Z Borrow books Not available for use    
Interlibrary Loan books Not available for use    
* Note: After the grace period a bill is sent that includes a replacement cost for the material, a $10 processing fee and a $15 billing fee.

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Requesting and recalling

Requesting Tri-College Books and Other Materials

Tri-College students, faculty, staff and their partners may request that circulating books and other materials from Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore be sent to Haverford for pick-up. These patrons may place their own requests directly through Tripod or at the Circulation Desk of any of the Libraries. Tri-College Alums may also request items be sent to Haverford for pick-up by placing the request at the Circulation Desk of any library.

Requesting non-book items:

  • Most bound journals from Bryn Mawr Canaday Library and Swarthmore McCabe Library circulate and may be requested in Tripod in the same way as books.
  • Microforms and current issues of journals from Swarthmore may also be requested. Please use the Tri-College Article Request Form.
  • Journals located in any of the Science Libraries do not circulate; use the Tri-College Article Request Form. If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact the Science Librarian.
  • Generally, Haverford students must travel to Bryn Mawr to use microforms and current issues of journals at Bryn Mawr Libraries.

Requested items usually take 1 - 2 days to arrive at Haverford.

Recalling a checked-out item

The fastest way to obtain a book that is checked out to another patron is to use E-ZBorrow to see if the item is available from another Pennsylvania academic library. E-ZBorrow requests usually take 3-5 days.

If the item is not available through E-ZBorrow, the patron may come to the circulation or reference desk of any Tri-College library and request that a hold or a recall be placed on that book. Tri-College patrons may also place these requests themselves directly through Tripod by choosing "request an item" in the desired item's Tripod screen. A hold will not immediately recall the book, but will queue the requesting patron for next use. A recall will shorten the current patron's due date and usually make the book available within 5 days. Please note that Alums and Courtesy borrowers (includes E-ZBorrow patrons) may only place holds.