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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

Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms

September 28, 2017- January 28, 2018

11 am - 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms is a dual-sited exhibition of works of art from The William and Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection of Works by Women Artists at Bryn Mawr College and the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The collaboration, conceived by graduate students in the History of Art Mechella Yezernitskaya and Laurel McLaughlin, brings together two institutions, collections, curatorial teams as sister sites for an exhibition that highlights and reexamines each institution's inclusive efforts to collect artworks by women. While considering the historical stakes of such strategic essentialism, the exhibition queries its rationale and continued relevance by recuperating the "feminine" gender criteria as instead an artistic strategy that refuses the gendered stereotypes to which art by women has been subjected. To do so, the curators propose 7 thematic constellations for subverting and reclaiming the "feminine" beyond biological, aesthetic, and social boundaries.

The exhibition features over 80 works on paper, photographs, paintings, and sculptures by 72 artists, including Kara Walker, Lesley Dill, Betye Saar, Edna Andrade, Eleanor Heller, Nancy Spero, Joan Mitchell, and Kay Walkingstick. Its two sites will be joined by programming and an exhibition catalogue available only at Bryn Mawr College.

Opening receptions

Wednesday, September 15

PAFA, Historic Landmark Building, Modern Galleries


Thursday, September 28, 4:30-6pm

Bryn Mawr College, Canaday Library, Class of 1912 Rare Book Room


Friday Finds

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.


For additional information, contact the Special Collections Department:, 610-526-6576.

Exhibitions and public programming are sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library.


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For additional information: 610-526-6576