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Circulation & Access Policies


Borrowing Policies

General Borrowing Privileges [PDF]

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. Federal depository access. Library or Public Safety staff may ask for ID at any time.

The following people may borrow library materials:

    • Current Tri-co students, faculty, and staff: present a valid college ID card/OneCard at the circulation desk. 
    • Tri-co alumnae/i: obtain a borrowing card from a circulation supervisor at your alma mater's library.
    • Bryn Mawr faculty and staff spouses: obtain a borrowing card by filling out the Gym/Library Application for Spouses and giving it to Human Resources.
    • Faculty affiliated with some PALCI (EZ-Borrow) member institutions. This privilege may be renewed yearly with confirmation of faculty status. For more information see: Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing.

See the Lending Policies for specific information.

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.

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. E-ZBorrow books can be self-renewed twice; bound journals are only self-renewable once.

ILL items may be renewed through the following steps:
1. Log in to your ILLiad account
2. Click on the "Checked Out/Renew Items" in the "View" menu.
3. Click on the number in the "Transaction" column next to the book you want to renew.
4. Click on the "Renew Request" link above the information for the book.

     a. If the "Renew Request" link is not present, the lending library does not allow renewals. Click the "Clone Request" link instead to resubmit the request, and we will obtain the book from another library if possible.


Any current student or faculty member may recall any item that is currently checked out by using the "Request Item" function.

    • Any recalled item must be promptly returned, even if the borrower is using it to write a thesis. Keeping recalled items past their new due dates will cause your library account to blocked.
    • The requesting borrower may not have the book until the original borrower has had it for a minimum of two weeks. After two weeks, a new recall due date is issued allowing the first patron five days to finish up with the book. If a book is already overdue, no additional time will be granted and the book will be due immediately.
    • The requesting borrower may not have the video/CD until the original borrower has had it for a minimum of seven days. The original borrower cannot renew the video/CD, but can place a recall on the item, so that it is returned to the original borrower after the requesting borrower has had the video/CD for seven days.
    • If you leave the Bryn Mawr area, you are still responsible for returning recalled books on time.  If you travel with library materials, watch for recall notices and be prepared to mail recalled items to the library. If you do not have e-mail access, do not keep library materials out on your account while traveling.
    • Books needed for reserve and overdue books are subject to immediate recall. 
    • Recalled books will be available for pickup at the Circulation Desk.
    • If a book is recalled from you and you still need it, try E-ZBorrow 
      You can also place another hold on the book once you return it, and after the next patron has had it for two weeks, it'll go on hold for you again.


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 "Borrowing Beyond TriCo" function from the Tripod menu. 

ILL books may be renewed by logging in to your ILLiad account. E-ZBorrow books can be renewed by patrons online up to two times.

Do not remove yellow/white labels from books. A $2 fine will be assessed for each band or label 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.

Online reserves (e-reserves) are accessible on Moodle. Faculty wishing to place materials on reserve should consult the library's Reserves Procedures.

More information on viewing DVD/video reserves in Canaday


Current Bryn Mawr College students should pay their library fines at the Controller's Office in Cartref, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

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.

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

Attention: Circulation

Canaday Library
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*:

    • Reserve materials: $1 per hour or portion thereof
    • Recalled materials: $2 per day
    • Laptops and multimedia equipment: $25 per day or portion thereof
    • E-ZBorrow and ILL (books borrowed from outside the Tri-Colleges): $1 per day

    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.

    • You are e-mailed at least three overdue notices before you are billed for an item. A non-refundable billing fee of $15 will be assessed even if the billed item is subsequently returned.

Borrowing privileges will be blocked if:

    • Unpaid bills exceed the Library's set limit
    • You keep a recalled item past its new due date

If your library record is blocked, you will be able to borrow materials again when:

    • Billed books are paid for or returned to the library
    • Overdue recalled books are returned to the library

*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 ( 

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, except for ILL messages, which are sent from


Canaday Library Circulation Desk: 610-526-5276 - e-mail:



Borrowing Privileges