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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 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 houses the Digital Media and Collaboration Lab.


Collier Science Library

Collier Science Library is under renovation and only some of the space is open. It holds reserves for science courses, and has quiet spaces for study.