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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library membership provides our Friends with the opportunity to contribute to the life of the Library and the College.

The Library benefits from annual membership dues and endowment income that:

  • Employs undergraduate and graduate interns in Special Collections
  • Purchases new materials to build our collections
  • Conserves sensitive bindings and fragile books
  • Improves services to students and faculty using the Bryn Mawr Library today


Calendar of Events

Hours: 11 am – 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

When we think of historic world’s fairs and expositions we imagine impressive buildings, vast galleries of art, newly invented mechanical and industrial marvels, agricultural displays with live animals and huge farm equipment, packed audiences for great musical performances, and crowds of thousands bustling and pressing to see amazing sideshows and strange people from foreign lands and to get their turn on the Ferris wheel. But what is left after the visitors go home and the monumental, but temporary buildings are demolished? Using the College’s eclectic collections of books and ephemera, we explore social change, the creation of new cultural institutions, small differences in daily life, and memory after the fair is over.


Wednesday, February 10, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Carpenter Library 21. Lecture: “Women with the World at their Feet: Visualizing Gender at World’s Fairs and International Expositions.” T.J. Boisseau, Director and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, Purdue University

Monday, April 18, 4:30? Carpenter Library 21

“Exhibiting Distant Times and Places: The Crystal Palace, London and the Making of History”, Stephanie Moser, Professor and Head of Archaeology, University of Southampton


Second Floor Gallery, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe '52 Special Collections Suite, Canaday Library


Sunday, March 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Rare Book Room, Canaday Library. Memorial event for James Tanis, Director of the Bryn Mawr College Libraries, 1969-1996


Beyond All Repair: Language and Visions

March 23 – April 15, 2016

Second Floor Gallery, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe '52 Special Collections Suite, Canaday Library


Monday, March 28, 4:00 – 6:00 pm:  Opening of exhibition “Beyond All Repair: Language and Vision,” and book launch for FUBAR, an artist’s book by J.C. Todd, Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program,  and book artist MaryAnn L. Miller. Breif talk begins at 5:00 pm.



Friday Finds

A series of informal chats about historical and cultural objects in Bryn Mawr's Special Collections. All of the events begin at 3:00 in the Special Collections Seminar Room, on the second floor of Canaday Library, and last about an hour.  Check the latest schedule...


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