Borrowing Policies

Library patrons are expected to act responsibly when checking out items to their library accounts. Patrons should always:

  • Return materials on time (fees are assessed on all items returned after a bill has been issued)
  • Keep borrowed items in good condition. Fines are assessed on damaged items.
  • Keep borrowed items in your own possession. Do not lend items you borrowed from the library to someone else, as you are still responsible for returning them on time.

GENERAL LENDING POLICIES

General Borrowing Policy Chart [PDF]

LENDING POLICIES

Undergraduates, Post-Bacs and Non-Degree Students [PDF]

Seniors & Graduate Students [PDF]

Faculty & Staff [PDF]

Carpenter Carrels [PDF]

Visitors & Alumnae [PDF]

E-MAIL NOTICES

In an effort to conserve paper, the Bryn Mawr College libraries send all library notices (overdues, recalls, fines, bills, hold pickup and cancellations, etc.) via email. These notices are sent to your Bryn Mawr e-mail address (yourname@brynmawr.edu). 

If you do not use your Bryn Mawr e-mail, it is your responsibility to set your Bryn Mawr e-mail account to forward to the address that you do use. You are also responsible for setting your spam filters on your Bryn Mawr and any other email account to allow messages from the library. These messages are sent from the address circadm@tripod.brynmawr.edu.

THESIS WRITERS

"Thesis Status" is automatically given to all Bryn Mawr seniors and graduate students.  This means that all regularly-circulating tri-college books will be due for these patrons at the end of the semester. For more information see Lending Policies

Thesis status does NOT apply to:

  • RECALLS - any recalled book must be promptly returned, even if the borrower is using it to write a thesis
  • Videos and DVDs
  • Bound journals
  • ILL and E-ZBorrow books
  • Laptops
  • Any other short-term loan materials not individually listed

ALUMNAE/I BORROWING

Alumnae/i of Bryn Mawr College's undergraduate and graduate programs who are in good standing with the library may request borrowing privileges at no cost. 

Alumnae/i borrowing does not include access to electronic resources from off-campus, or to EBL ebook library.

Request Borrowing Privileges

Lending Policy: Visitors & Alumnae [PDF]

 

FACULTY RECIPROCAL BORROWING

Bryn Mawr faculty has borrowing privileges at PALCI member institutions, including Penn. As a member of the PALCI consortium, Bryn Mawr College also extends reciprocal direct borrowing privileges to faculty members of other PALCI member institutions. For a list of participating institutions and a link to the Faculty Borrow form (required for Bryn Mawr faculty who want Penn or other library borrowing privileges, or for faculty from other institutions wishing to borrow from Bryn Mawr), please see http://www.palci.org/faculty-borrowing/. You will need to have the Faculty Borrow form signed by a librarian at Bryn Mawr or your home institution.

VISITORS

Visitors are welcome at the Bryn Mawr College Libraries on weekdays from opening through 6pm. See this announcement for more details about after-hours access for visitors. 

We do not offer borrowing privileges to visitors with no affiliation with Bryn Mawr college unless the patron is faculty member at a PALCI member institution. For more information see: Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing.

Visitors may not:

  • Borrow materials
  • Print from library printers
  • Access electronic resources from off-campus
  • Access EBL ebook library

Patrons with visitor card from other Tri-Co libraries (Swarthmore or Haverford) may not borrow materials from Bryn Mawr College Libraries. Correspondingly, patrons with Bryn Mawr Visitor Cards may not borrow from other Tri-Co libraries.