Academic Information


Colby’s libraries—Miller Library, the Art and Music Library, and the Science Library—have a rich collection of books, journals, microforms, music scores, sound recordings, videos/DVDs, and manuscripts. Computer labs, wireless networks, laptops, study areas, and a listening center are available for student use in all three facilities.

Miller Library houses the humanities and social science collections, the College archives, and Special Collections. The lowest level in Miller, known as The Street, contains a computer lab and individual and group study space that is open 24 hours a day. The Bixler Art and Music Library features an extensive collection of art and music books, journals, sound recordings, music scores, and a computer lab/listening center. The Science Library houses books, journals, videos, and topographic maps that support programs in the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics.

In strong support of the curriculum, the libraries provide easy access to more than 900,000 items including more than 300 electronic indexes, 683 currently received print journals, 333,000 electronic books, more than 47,000 electronic journals, many extensive runs of periodicals, and domestic and international daily newspapers. The Colby libraries also are a repository for U.S. and Maine state documents.

As a member of the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin consortium and MaineCat, Colby provides access to a catalog of more than eight million items and daily courier service from libraries in Maine. NExpress, comprising Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Northeastern, Wellesley, and Williams, provides additional access to research materials. Reference librarians and interlibrary loan staff help identify and obtain additional resources. Twelve professional librarians provide research assistance to students, faculty, and outside researchers. Instruction in the use of the library and its research materials is offered throughout the curriculum, from an introduction in beginning English classes to in-depth subject searching using sophisticated tools in upper-level classes.

Miller Library's special collections of first editions and manuscripts have achieved international recognition. The Edwin Arlington Robinson Memorial Room, named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maine poet, contains his books, manuscripts, letters, and memorabilia. Colby's Thomas Hardy Collection is one of the most extensive in the country. Other authors represented include A.E. Housman, Sarah Orne Jewett, Kenneth Roberts, Henry James, Willa Cather, John Masefield, William Dean Howells, Wes McNair, and Thomas Mann.

The John and Catherine Healy Memorial Room contains the James Augustine Healy Collection of Modern Irish Literature, with inscribed copies, manuscripts, and holograph letters of William Butler Yeats, Sean O'Casey, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and others. The Healy Collection has 7,000 primary and critical sources representing the Irish Literary Renaissance, 1880-1940. The Alfred King Chapman Room houses the College archives, which hold more than 4,000 manuscript files pertaining to Colby alumni, faculty, and staff dating from 1813 to the present. The archives include an extensive collection of books by Colby graduates and faculty members.

Detailed information about Colby's library collections, services, and hours is provided on the Web at