Visitors are welcome at the Bryn Mawr College Libraries on weekdays from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, and at Canaday Library on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. See this announcement for more details about after-hours access for visitors.
Our first priority is to support the Bryn Mawr College community of students, faculty, staff and alumnae/i. The Library is open for U.S. depository access. Library or Public Safety staff may ask for ID at any time.
We do not offer borrowing privileges to visitors with no affiliation with Bryn Mawr College unless the patron is a faculty member at a PALCI member institution. For more information see: Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing.
Patrons with visitor cards from other Tri-College 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-College libraries.
The following people may borrow library materials:
Patrons should be familiar with the Lending Policies for their specific patron type.
Patrons must show a valid Tri-College ID or Yellow Bryn Mawr Borrowing Card in order to borrow library materials or request information about their account.
You may renew most library items by accessing your library record and following the on-screen directions.
ILL books may be renewed by filling out a form at the circulation desk or e-mailing the Interlibrary Loan Office. E-ZBorrow books can be self-renewed twice; bound journals are only self-renewable once.
Any current student or faculty member may recall any item that is currently checked out by using the "Request Item" function.
Current Bryn Mawr students, faculty and staff may borrow books from Haverford and Swarthmore College libraries in person, or request items to be sent to Bryn Mawr. Use the "Request Item" function in Tripod to get items from these libraries. Requested items may be picked up at the Circulation desk, usually within 24 hours.
Material not in Tripod may be borrowed from another library. Reference librarians can help you identify the most useful and quickly obtainable resources. Submit requests via the InterLibrary Loan/E-ZBorrow web page, or choose the "E-ZBorrow/ILL" function from the Tripod menu.
ILL books may be renewed by e-mailing the Interlibrary Loan Office. E-ZBorrow books can be renewed by patrons online up to two times.
Do not remove yellow/blue bands from books. A $2 fine will be assessed for each band removed.
Canaday, Carpenter and Collier reserve items are available at their Circulation Desks. Please look each item up in Tripod to find its call number.
Current Bryn Mawr College students should pay their library fines at the Controller's Office in Cartref, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Fines are no longer sent to the Student Financial Services Office for collection. Students are responsible for all of their library charges, including charges less than $10.00.
Haverford and Swarthmore students should see the main libraries on their campuses to pay their library fines.
Library fines for faculty, staff, visitors & alumnae/alumni must be paid to the circulation desk. The circulation desk will only accept payment in the form of a check made out to Bryn Mawr College. Fine payments under $10 are accepted.
To remove a transcript hold from your account with the College, pay your library charges at the circulation desk in Canaday Library.
If you are mailing a payment, sent it to
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr. PA 19010-2899
Once your payment is received and processed, a receipt will be e-mailed to you and the hold on your transcripts will be removed.
The library charges the following fines for overdue library items*:
Items returned with damages are also subject to fines.
The library issues bills ($75 or more) for items so long overdue they are assumed to be lost.
Borrowing privileges will be blocked if:
If your library record is blocked, you will be able to borrow materials again when:
*Please be aware that some items from Haverford and Swarthmore may accrue fines where their Bryn Mawr counterparts do not. You will be responsible for paying these fines.
Did you get an overdue notice for something you think you've already returned to the library? Click here--We will take a look for it and reply within one week with the results of our search. The item will remain checked out to you while we search.
Did you look something up in Tripod only to go to the shelf and find that it's not there?
1) Make sure you're looking in the right place! All Bryn Mawr items have a location beginning with B, followed by the library: Canaday, Carpenter or Collier
2) Check the to-be-shelved area: an item that was recently used might be there
Not sure how to find your way around the library? Ask for help at the circulation desk.
Need help finding an item? Click here--We will get back to you with the results of the search within one week. If we find the item, we will hold it for you.
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 e-mail. These notices are sent to your Bryn Mawr e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 e-mail account to allow messages from the library. These messages are sent from the address email@example.com.
Canaday Library Circulation Desk: 610-526-5276 - e-mail: circulation