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Bryn Mawr. PA 19010-2899
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Rhys Carpenter Library

Circulation: (610) 526-7912

Fall Semester Hours

Monday – Thursday:  8am -12am (midnight)

Friday:      8am - 10pm

Saturday:  10am-10pm

Sunday:    10am - 12am (midnight)   

Carpenter Library supports the College's programs in History of Art and Architecture, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, and Growth and Structure of Cities.

Staff in Carpenter

  • Laura Surtees, Research and Instruction Librarian; Coordinator, Rhys Carpenter Library (610) 526-7914;
  • Alicia Peaker, Digital Scholarship Specialist. (610) 526-7909;
  • Camilla MacKay, Manager of Research and Instructional Services; Scholarly Communications Librarian; Editor, Bryn Mawr Classical Review  (610) 526-7910;
  • Del Ramers, Digital Media Specialist, Digital Media and Collaboration Lab (610) 526-7917;
  • Chris Purkiss, Library Assistant,


The library is open to the public on weekdays until 6 p.m.  After 6 p.m. and on weekends, the library is open to any affiliates of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges (students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends of the library, and their guests). Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Pennsylvania are also admitted at any time. All others should make prior arrangements.

Circulation Policies

For information on borrowing, renewals, recalling books, fines: Bryn Mawr Library Circulation Policies

Carpenter Reserves

Reserve materials for courses in History of Art, Archaeology, Classics, and Cities are shelved behind the circulation desk.  Three items may be checked out at a time for three hours. Carpenter reserve materials may be taken out of the Library but must be returned to Carpenter.

Check Tripod for course reserves, or click on the "Reserves" link at the top of the Tripod home page.  Search courses by number (e.g., ARCH 101), by name, or by professor's last name. Online reserves (e-reserves) are accessible via Moodle.

Carpenter Services and Spaces

Carrels are assigned only to graduate students and senior majors in Classics, History of Art, Archaeology, and Cities. The carrel agreement sets out each carrel holder's responsibilities. Please see Laura Surtees for questions about carrel assignments.  

Classrooms are scheduled through Conferences and Events. Reserve the Media Lab by contacting Del Ramers (7917,

Computers: See the Digital Media and Collaboration Lab. There is also a computer lab in the basement of Carpenter (with PCs) and one dvd and vhs tape viewing station. Headphones for the dvd/vhs tape viewer can be checked out at the circulation desk (but see Canaday for better video viewing resources).

Food and drink.  Drinks in spill-proof containers with lids are allowed (styrofoam and paper cups are not allowed).  Food is not allowed.

Lockers are available on floor B. Contact Laura Surtees.

Photocopiers: The printers by the circulation desk and in the basement computer lab will scan to a Bryn Mawr home directory or to a USB drive. Two on Level A and one on Level B. There is a change machine (for $1 and $5 bills) and a copycard dispenser that takes denominations up to $20 (but does not give change).

Book and Journal Locations

  A-C call #s D-M N-NX P-Z
B Carpenter Thomas Stacks Level A Level B Level A
B Carpenter Folio Level A Level A Level B Level A
B Carpenter Double Folio Level A Level A Level B Level A
B Carpenter Periodicals All call numbers, Level B (classroom side)
B Carpenter Reference Level A, opposite the circulation desk
B Carpenter Media Level A, opposite the circulation desk, past Reference
B Carpenter Reference (Classical Texts) Loebs, Budes, Teubners and Oxford editions opposite the circulation desk. CVAs and TLG and TLL to the right of the circulation desk.
B Carpenter Digital Media and Collaboration Lab Level A (back), inner room of Digital Media and Collaboration Lab


B Carpenter Cage books are in the Rare Book Room in Carpenter, and are available when the librarians are present; usually 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.  Please call or write ahead if you need to see a Cage book at a particular time.

Maps:    Level A         Level B 


Carpenter Library is located on the west side of the Thomas Library building, facing Goodhart (39 on this campus map).

Mailing address

Rhys Carpenter Library

Bryn Mawr College

101 N. Merion Avenue

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010-2899

Circulation Desk: (610) 526-7912