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Library Basics: An Introduction to the Libraries at Bryn Mawr (BMC)  

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Getting Started

All library resources can be accessed from our webpage.

Tripod is the library catalog of Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges. You can request materials from the other two colleges and have them delivered here.

The Research Guides can help you locate journal articles and other scholarly resources.


    Library Hours


    Need Help?

    If you need help ask a Librarian!  We will help you with your research.  

    EMAIL: Ask a Librarian - Email us your questions  or make an appointment.


    Canaday Library Reference Desk Hours:

    • Monday - Friday: 1 - 5pm 
    • Saturday - Sunday: 1 - 5pm  (after Spring/Fall break)

    Carpenter & Collier: By appointment

    CHAT: Look for the online chat window on the library's webpage when a librarian is on duty.

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      The Libraries

      Canaday Library

      Canaday is the Main Library with resources focusing on the Humanities and Social Sciences. It  houses the Help Desk, the College Archives, the Writing Center, the Language Learning Center, Quita's Corner recreational reading section, the Lusty Cup Cafe and 24-hour computing labs.

      Carpenter Library

      Located on the west side of Thomas Hall, Carpenter is the Art, Archeology, Cities and Classics library. Carpenter houses reading rooms, a computer lab and a media center with a high resolution overhead scanner.

      Collier Science Library

      Located on the third floor of Park Science Building, Collier contains scholarly books and journals as well as maps, videos, popular science books, and science fiction novels, along with a computer lab and study spaces.


        Accessing Resources from Off Campus

        Away from campus?

        You can access online library resources by first logging in to Off Campus Access.

        This link is also available on the library's webpage.

        • BMC Off Campus Access  Icon

        Study Spaces

        Our libraries offer a variety of study spaces.

        Collier has individual carrels and group and private study rooms.

        Carpenter has study carrels, which GSAS graduate students and undergraduate seniors majoring in Classics, Cities, Archaeology or History of Art may reserve for the year. For Carpenter carrel requests, contact Jeremy Blatchley.

        Canaday also has study carrels that may be reserved. Requests can be made beginning:

        • August 1 (seniors and graduate students)
        • Oct. 1 (all other students)

          Subject specialists

          The librarians are here to help you! Contact a subject specialist with your questions, or make an appointment.

          Jeremy Blatchley
          History of Art, Cities, German

          Christine Boyland
          French, Italian, Russian, Spanish

          Olivia Castello
          Anthropology, Economics, Education, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology

          Terri Freedman
          Biology, Geology, Physics, Chemistry, Math, Computer Science

          Camilla MacKay
          Archaeology, Classical Languages & Studies/Greek and Latin

          Alex Pfundt
          Psychology, Social Work, Environmental Studies

          Eric Pumroy
          Africana Studies, History, East Asian Studies, Philosophy

          Arleen Zimmerle
          English, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Performing Arts


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