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

Beneath the Printed Pattern:
Display and Disguise in Ukiyo-e Bijinga

Wednesday, September 25, 2013- December 20, 2013

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library.

Exhibition hours daily 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Opening Events, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lecture " Reading Pictures of Beauties."

Professor Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania
4:30 Carpenter Library B21

followed by

Gallery Reception

5:30 Canaday Library Class of 1912 Rare Book Room

Both events are free and open to the public.

More information on the exhibition website.

Bridges That Stand When All Else Falls Away: TriCo, Japan, and Melted Roof Tiles from Hiroshima 1945

Miriam Coffin Canaday Library, First Floor Atrium

Exhibition open during regular Canaday Library hours

Bridges That Stand is the first public exhibition of roof tile fragments given to Bryn Mawr College last year by Hiroshima University in gratitude for an act of kindness by Bryn Mawr students sixty years ago. These melted and twisted pieces are the remains of a ceramic roof that once stood at ground zero (the hypocenter) of the atomic bomb detonation at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. They arrived at Bryn Mawr on August 6, 2012.. Bryn Mawr has received them in the spirit they were given: a testament to the power of human relationships to rise above destruction and a source for reflection on peace, conflict, rebuilding, and all that has been good in the longstanding relationship of the TriCo Colleges with Japan.

The exhibition displays the tiles themselves, alongside images and text chronicling both the destruction of Hiroshima and the TriCo relationship with Japan that has endured through this tragedy and more.


Making Our World

Eva Jane Romaine Coombe ’52 Special Collections Suite, Canaday Library.
Exhibition hours daily during regular Canaday Library hours. Free

Beyond a diploma, what does it mean to have graduated from Bryn Mawr? What does it mean for a woman to have attended an institution of higher learning during the last half century? Current Bryn Mawr and Haverford students in the Spring ‘13 History of Art course “The Curator in the Museum” selected the four Bryn Mawr alumnae profiled in Making Our World. A group of students interviewed each subject and summarized the resulting oral history transcripts. Another student group identified relevant objects and images in the college’s collections (or that, in several cases, belong to the interviewees). Other groups of students organized the design of the exhibition, produced texts, assisted with documentation, promotion, and logistics, and developed a related education program for high school students.



Bryn Mawr College Lanterns
Floor 3, main staircase landing
Open regular library hours

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For additional information: 610-526-6576