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

Quick Overview

  • Bryn Mawr has three libraries on campus, each focusing on different academic disciplines.
  • Tripod is the library catalog. Use it to find and access materials from across the TriCollege Libraries.
  • The Research Guides will help you find and access research tools and vetted academic sources, such as scholarly articles databases, books from the catalog, visual resources, and useful websites.
  • Books and articles not available in Tripod may be requested via interlibrary loan.
  • Librarians are available and happy to assist you with in-depth research and answer questions about the libraries.

The Three Libraries


Canaday Library

Canaday is the College's main humanities and social sciences library. Canaday will be open in fall 2020 with limited seating, reservable in advance. The Canaday stacks will be closed, but books can be requested for pickup at the circulation desk. Canaday houses the Help Desk, Special Collections and College Archives (open by appointment), the Writing Center (open when Canaday is open). 


Carpenter Library

Located on the west side of College Hall, Carpenter is the Art, Archeology, Cities and Classics library. Carpenter will be open in fall 2020 with limited seating, reservable in advance. Carpenter stacks will be closed, but books can be requested for pickup at the circulation desk. Carpenter houses the Digital Media and Collaboration Lab (closed in 2020).


Collier Science Library

Collier Science Library will be closed in fall 2020, but science books can be paged for pickup in Canaday or Carpenter Libraries.

Get Help! Subject Specialists

The librarians are here to help you! Email with your questions, contact any of us directly by email, or make an online appointment.


Joyce Angelucci

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Math, Physics

Kate Blinn

Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Sociology 

Camilla MacKay

Archaeology, Classical Languages & Studies/Greek and Latin, History of Art

Alex Pfundt

‚ÄčEducation, Health Studies, Psychology, Social Work

Eric Pumroy

History, Philosophy

Laura Surtees

Archaeology,  Cities, Classical Languages & Studies, History of Art

Arleen Zimmerle

Africana Studies, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, English, Creative Writing, Dance, Film Studies, Languages, Theater, Writing