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Canaday Services


A limited number of carrels in Canaday are available to Bryn Mawr College community members. In order to be eligible for a carrel, you must have a current Bryn Mawr College borrowing card.

Student Carrels

All Canaday carrels have been assigned for the 2016-2017 academic year. Canaday carrel applications are now closed.

Canaday Library is implementing a new carrel policy for Fall 2016 based on community feedback. Students will still submit a carrel application online, but they will be able to submit a list of their top 5 choices of carrel, along with any particular requests they’d like to add (not to be near a bathroom, not to have your back to a walkway, etc.) The library will keep a running list of available carrels, along with carrel descriptions, updated three times a week, for students to choose from at Once a carrel has been assigned, students will be notified via email of the assignment and will have to come to the circulation desk in Canaday to sign a carrel agreement.

Library staff will make their best efforts to honor specific requests, but may not be able to accommodate every specific request due to the limited number of carrels in Canaday. Patrons who require special accommodations with regards to carrel location, etc., should contact Access Services at or 610-526-7351.

Applications will be accepted starting on:

  • August 15: McBrides and students who reside off campus
  • August 29: seniors, graduate students
  • October 1: all other interested students*

* Please note that in the past few years, we have run out of carrels and not every non-senior student who requested one was assigned one.

Requests sent early will be cancelled and need to be re-submitted after the listed date.

Circulation will keep a list of all carrel assignments. All carrels that have been “saved” without an official assignment will be cleared of all belongings.

Carrel assignments stay in place for one academic year. All carrels must be cleared out by the Monday after Commencement so that we can perform routine maintenance and upkeep. You can reapply for the same carrel the next year, but we cannot guarantee that it will be available for you.

Do not leave valuables or materials that have not been checked out in your carrel. Library items left in carrels that have not been checked out will be re-shelved by library staff. Items left in carrels by those who have graduated will be removed during the summer.

Do not use or keep any appliances or decorations that could be fire hazards at your carrel. These include string lights, electric tea kettles, coffee makers, etc.

Canaday carrels B7 and B8 are designated for prelim exams only. Graduate students may book a carrel for up to 5 hours for test-taking. Keys for the prelim carrels and the Video Viewing Carrels on the third floor (305 and 308) may be checked out from the circulation desk. You may not store your belongings in either of these carrels.

Book a Prelim Carrel

To cancel or change a booking, email to

To check out a prelim carrel, simply ask to check out the key for whichever carrel you’ve booked at Canaday Circulation.

Carpenter has a limited number of carrels for seniors and graduate students in majoring in classics, cities, archaeology, and history of art. For more information see this page.


Canaday has a small group viewing room, five individual video viewing carrels, and portable DVD players available for check-out. More information on room and carrel capabilities are available here.

Various media equipment is available for patron use from the Circulation Desk, including Camcorders, Digital Cameras, Digital Voice Recorders, Webcams, Tripods, and Headphones.  The Help Desk, located across from the Circulation Desk in Canaday, has a limited number of laptops available for student use.  More information on specific equipment and lending periods are available here.



Canaday Library is an academic/administrative space and enforces the Bryn Mawr College posting policy.  Please post only on the general-use bulletin board on the 1st floor facing the elevator, and in designated spaces within the Lusty Cup.  The front doors, windows, and vestibule area are are reserved for library information only.


Canaday: Food is allowed only in the Lusty Cup on Floor A.  Beverages are allowed elsewhere only in covered containers or bottles.

Carpenter: Food is not allowed in the Library.  Beverages are allowed only in covered containers or bottles.

Collier: Food is not allowed in the Library.  Beverages are allowed only in covered containers or bottles.

Have a question about any Canaday services? Ask Circulation!