Circulation Desk, Miller Library: ext. 5100
The library collections include many types of materials: reserve readings for class assignments, books and manuscripts, magazines and journals, government documents, audio and video recordings, reference sources, and electronic resources. Miller Library houses the collections for the humanities and social sciences, general reference, and government documents, and also houses the library’s Special Collections. Current scientific materials are in the Science Library, and art and music materials are in the Bixler Art and Music Library. Each library has access to the online catalog, online databases, and electronic journals and provides reserve readings and reference services as well as study spaces, computing facilities, and Internet access.
Colby students, faculty, and staff can search and request materials from Bates, Bowdoin, the University of Maine, and many of the larger public libraries in Maine through MaineCat, the statewide library catalog, as well as Northeastern, Wellesley, and Williams through the New England regional catalog, NExpress. Expedited handling and delivery then ensure rapid receipt of needed materials. Books and journals not at these schools may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan services on the library Web site.
Librarians are available at all three libraries to consult with students on identifying and locating sources for research papers and projects, to answer factual questions, and to guide students through the multitude of paper and electronic research tools. In addition to Reference Desk assistance and the Ask Us electronic service found on the library Web site, individual research appointments are encouraged. Also, introduction to library research is given in introductory English classes and more specific introduction is given in many other subject areas. The best way to learn is to ask and Librarians are here to help!
Special Collections provides resources and assistance to students working on specialized topics such as turn-of-the-20th-century American and British literature and culture, contemporary American avant-garde art and literature, Irish literature and history from 1850 to the present, and the history of the College. The Robinson Room of Special Collections is used for classes and seminars taught by faculty from English, History, Art, and other departments.
For details about library hours, regulations, and collections and services please consult the library Web site at www.colby.edu/library.