The Mariam Coffin Canaday Library is the center of Bryn Mawr’s library system. Opened in 1970, it houses the focus of the College’s collection in the humanities and the social sciences. The award-winning Rhys Carpenter Library, opened in 1997, is located in the M. Carey Thomas Library building and houses the collections in Archaeology, Classics, History of Art, and Growth and Structure of Cities. The Lois and Reginald Collier Science Library was dedicated in 1993 and brings together the collections for Mathematics and the sciences. The library collections of Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, which complement and augment those of Bryn Mawr, are freely accessible to students.
Tripod (http://tripod.brynmawr.edu), the online public access catalog provides information about the more than three million books, journals, videos, sound recordings, and other materials in the Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore College collections. A large percentage of the Tri-College holdings are in electronic form and accessible online. Bryn Mawr students have borrowing privileges at Haverford and Swarthmore. They may also have material transferred from either of the other two campuses for pickup or use at Bryn Mawr, usually in less than 24 hours. Through the Library’s home page (http://www.brynmawr.edu/library), students may connect to Tripod; explore more than 200 subject-specific research databases; and tap into other library services and resources such as the TechBar - one stop shopping for reference services, research consultation, reserve readings, interlibrary loan, laptop computer borrowing, IT support, web and other technical applications support, etc.
Bryn Mawr has an extraordinarily rich collection (http://www.brynmawr.edu/library/speccoll/) of rare books and manuscripts to support the research interests of students. The Goodhart/Gordan Collection of late Medieval and Renaissance texts includes one of the country’s largest groups of books printed in the 15th century, as well as manuscript volumes and 16th-century printed books. Complementary to the rare books are collections of original letters, diaries and other unpublished documents. Bryn Mawr has important literary collections from the late 19th and 20th centuries, including papers relating to the women’s rights movement and the experiences of women, primarily Bryn Mawr graduates, working overseas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The College Archives contains the historical records of Bryn Mawr, including letters of students and faculty members, and an extensive photographic collection that documents the campus and student life.
Bryn Mawr maintains extensive relationships with other major academic libraries both in the region and worldwide. Through the consortial EZ-Borrow system, students can borrow materials from more than 30 Pennsylvania-area academic libraries. Students may also request items in almost any language from libraries across North America through interlibrary loan.
Additional information about Bryn Mawr’s libraries and TechBar services may be accessed on the Web through the library home page at www.brynmawr.edu/library.