Library Services: Summer 2020

Posted June 19th, 2020 at 8:36 am.

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The libraries are beginning on-demand scanning services and curbside pickup of books from the Bryn Mawr circulating library collections for students, faculty and staff. Library buildings remain closed.

Requests for digital scans and print books may be made beginning June 29th. Appointments for contactless pickup from Canaday Library will begin the week of July 6th.
Last updated: June 29, 2020

Note: see Library Resources during COVID-19 for links to electronic resources not available through Tripod


Requesting Bryn Mawr Library books for curbside pickup

Current faculty, staff, and students can now request physical items held in the Bryn Mawr libraries for curbside pickup from Canaday. Pickup appointments will begin Monday, July 6th.

Note: In order to maintain the safety of staff and student employees, the libraries will remain closed to all patrons this summer except for limited appointments with Special Collections (please contact for more information).


Requesting a Bryn Mawr-owned, circulating item

Each library patron may request up to six items a week for curbside pickup.

  1. Navigate to Tripod and Sign in
    (this is essential in order to activate the “curbside pickup” option)
  2. Search for the item you need
  3. You will see Request Item in the Tripod record next to the item
    (this will only appear if you are logged in)
  4. Click Request Item
  5. Complete the form
  6. Submit your request


Requests will be processed as follows:

  1. Library staff will review requests and determine how to fill them, and may contact you. If it is not possible to locate the requested item, an e-book may be purchased and made accessible to the patron via Tripod.
  2. Once your order has been fulfilled, you will receive an email notification with a link to select a pickup time.
  3. Curbside pickup appointments will be scheduled on Mondays 10am-2pm and Thursdays 1-5pm. Same-day pickup will not be available because all books must first be quarantined for your safety.


Picking up your books:

  1. Go to the lower level (Lusty Cup) entrance of Canaday at your appointed time
  2. Knock on door and hold up your College ID. You must have your College ID to pick up your books. If you need someone to pick up your books for you, please contact
  3. A member of the library staff will place your books at the door for contactless pickup.

What if I miss my appointment time?

Books can be released only at the scheduled time. If you miss your pickup time, you will need to reschedule for the next available slot.

What about Tri-co items?

Currently, Bryn Mawr College afilliates can request books from Bryn Mawr libraries only. Later in the summer, it will be possible to request books from Haverford and Swarthmore libraries and have them delivered to Canady for curbside pickup.


Scanning services and Interlibrary Loan

Bryn Mawr scanning (digitization of articles and chapters from Bryn Mawr-owned journals and books) and Interlibrary Loan (for articles, chapters, and books Bryn Mawr doesn’t own) will both be processed through the existing interlibrary loan form.

Note: it may not be possible to fulfill all requests for scans from volumes that Bryn Mawr does not own, because most libraries are (like ours) closed to non-affiliates this summer and are able to provide only limited services.


Placing a request for a scan

In lieu of a scan, we may purchase and provide access to an e-book.

  1. Login to to Interlibrary Loan using your Bryn Mawr ID and password (for help using ILL, consult these FAQs)
First time logging into ILL?

You may have to click “Acknowledge and Agree” after logging in.

  1. Under New Request click Article, Book, Book Chapter, etc.
  2. Enter in as much as information as possible
    • To request a scan from a Bryn Mawr book or journal, add the location and call number to the “Notes” field
  3. Click Submit Request
  4. To confirm that your items are being processed, navigate to the Main Menu; successfully requested titles will appear and their current status will be visible.
  5. Once your scan is ready, you will receive an email with a link to download your item(s). Scans will be available for 30 days.

Have multiple articles from the same book or journal?
  1. On the Main Menu, find Outstanding Requests
  2. Click the number assigned to the article under Transaction
  3. At the top, click Clone Request
  4. A copy of the original request will be created, which can be edited as needed and submitted
Is there a limit to how much of an item I can request?

Because of copyright, we may be limited in the amount of a work we can scan. In this event, we will attempt to offer suggestions for alternative modes of access.

What about Tri-co items?

Digitization of items from Haverford and Swarthmore libraries will be available later this summer.



We regret that EZ-Borrow is unavailable until further notice. We hope to restore this service in the fall.



Printing is available in Campus Center (you must use your own laptop).


Additional Questions?

Regarding books & scanning requests
Research questions
Library account

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