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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

Kris Graves: The Testament Project

September 21 - December 18, 2016

11 am - 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Kris Graves exhibits selections from his series The Testament Project, a collection of photographs, videos, and testimonials aimed to represent and explore blackness in contemporary America. Graves's portraits are flooded with brightly colored lights that complicate assumptions about what blackness looks like. An oversized, hot pink portrait of the artist's sister, Jessica, will greet visitors at the entrance to the gallery, even as she confronts the permanently installed painting of M. Carey Thomas by John Singer Sargent. The juxtaposition asks us to bear witness to the trauma of institutional exclusion of black students under Thomas's presidency, to attend to the persistence of traditional privileges, and to imagine a path forward toward transformation. More than 20 photographs, subject testimonials, and a video will be on view.

Artist's Lecture

Wednesday, September 21, 12:30 pm, Thomas 224

Sponsored by The Center for Visual Culture


Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 pm, Canaday Library




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