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Fines and bills


The Bryn Mawr College library charges the following fines to all borrowers for overdue library items:

  • Reserve materials: $1 per hour or portion thereof
  • Recalled materials: $2 per day
  • Laptops and multimedia equipment: $25 per day or portion thereof
  • E-ZBorrow and ILL (books borrowed from outside the Tri-Colleges): $1 per day

Items returned with damages are also subject to fines.

The library issues bills ($75 or more) for items so long overdue they are assumed to be lost.

You are e-mailed at least three overdue notices before you are billed for an item. A non-refundable billing fee of $15 will be assessed even if the billed item is subsequently returned.

Getting Started

Paying fines:

  • Current Bryn Mawr College students should pay their library fines at the Controller's Office in Cartref, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Students are responsible for all of their library charges.
  • Haverford and Swarthmore students should see the main libraries on their campuses to pay their library fines.
  • Library fines for faculty, staff, visitors & alumnae/alumni must be paid to the Canaday Circulation Desk. The circulation desk will only accept payment in the form of a check made out to Bryn Mawr College.
  • If you are mailing a payment, sent it to:

Attention: Circulation
Canaday Library
101 N. Merion Ave. 
Bryn Mawr. PA 19010-2899

To remove a transcript hold from your account with the College, pay your library charges at the circulation desk in Canaday Library. Once your payment is received and processed, a receipt will be e-mailed to you and the hold on your transcripts will be removed.

Did you get an overdue notice for something you think you've already returned to the library? Request a search - we will take a look for it and reply within one week with the results of our search. The item will remain checked out to you while we search.


Visit or contact the Canaday Circulation Desk, or 610-526-5276 with questions.


Borrowing privileges will be blocked if:

  • Unpaid bills exceed the Library's set limit
  • You keep a recalled item past its new due date

If your library record is blocked, you will be able to borrow materials again when:

  • Billed books are paid for or returned to the library
  • Overdue recalled books are returned to the library

Please be aware that some items from Haverford and Swarthmore may accrue fines where their Bryn Mawr counterparts do not. You are responsible for paying these fines.

Library Circulation and Access Policies