BMC Libraries Summer Plans

emailed to on 4/13/21:

Dear BMC Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

We are beginning to prepare the libraries for expanded summer access and for the gradual return to regular library services ahead of fall semester. I’m writing to share the schedule for this transition with key steps we anticipate in reopening of library spaces and on-site services. 

  • As usual during breaks, we will be open limited hours for materials pickup from the end of exams until June 7; details will be published on our hours page. 
  • Beginning the week of June 7, Carpenter and Canaday libraries will open to BiCo community members with regular daily hours, including evening and weekend hours in Carpenter. The specific opening and closing times depend heavily on the availability of student employees, and we will publish those to our hours page once they’re confirmed. We are welcoming student job applications now for summer and fall! 
  • Also beginning on June 7, the stacks will be open and accessible to anyone using Canaday and Carpenter libraries, and quarantining of returned books will end. HathiTrust ETAS (Emergency Temporary Access Service) will also be turned off on June 7 for Bryn Mawr as we are ethically bound to abide by the terms of the program, which allows remote access only when we’re in an emergency condition that precludes access to library stacks and regular access to library study spaces.  
  • We will also begin assigning socially distanced student carrels, by request. Those assigned carrels will be available for use beginning June 14.
  • The significant work required to prepare the building facilities will happen during the weeks of June 1 and June 7. 
  • Collier Library will remain closed this summer and fall as key elements of Park Science Phase 2 renovations take place in the two wings of the library. Books from Collier will continue to be paged for pick-up at either the Canaday or Carpenter circulation desk. 
We are delighted to be able to restore core facets of library access this summer, including the ability to work in the stacks and for student scholars to return to work in assigned carrels. These transition plans are parallel to what most academic libraries and peer institutions will be doing this summer, and our local plans build on what we’ve heard from BMC students and faculty about desired library access. We look forward to preparing the libraries more fully for fall semester and to seeing many of you soon at the libraries!
Please let us know via if you have any questions. 

All best,