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The Colby libraries provide attractive surroundings for study and research at three campus locations. Miller Library, the often-photographed building with the clock tower in the center of campus, houses the humanities and social science collections, the College archives, Special Collections, and the library's administrative and technical staff. The branch library for art and music is in the Bixler Art and Music Center and features a listening center and a rapidly growing slide collection. The science library, in the F.W. Olin Science Center, includes individual as well as group study areas, each complete with computer network access, and incorporates the geology map collection. The Colby libraries are open from early morning until late at night throughout the academic year and during daytime hours in the summer. Some study areas and a computer cluster are open 24 hours a day.
An open-stack system allows easy access to a collection of more than 900,000 items, and the on-line catalog and the library's electronic indexes and Internet files are available on library workstations and computers campus-wide. The collection strongly supports all curriculum areas and contains more than 2,700 currently received periodicals, many long runs of retrospective periodicals of historical and scholarly value, and daily newspapers from this country and abroad. Miller Library is a depository for U.S. and Maine state documents and subscribes to the United Nations depository collection on microfiche.
An active consortium with Bates and Bowdoin has resulted in mutual on-line access to our catalogs and to rapid lending of materials among the three institutions. Reference librarians and interlibrary loan staff help researchers identify and obtain resources beyond those in the CBB collections.
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. Students, faculty, and other researchers seeking individual assistance are welcome at all reference desks.
Special collections of first editions and manuscripts in Miller Library have achieved international recognition. The Edwin Arlington Robinson Memorial Room, named for the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning Maine poet, contains his books, manuscripts, letters, and memorabilia. The Thomas Hardy Collection is one of the most extensive in the country. Other authors represented in the Robinson Room include A.E. Housman, Sarah Orne Jewett, Kenneth Roberts, Henry James, Willa Cather, John Masefield, William Dean Howells, and Thomas Mann.
The John and Catherine Healy Memorial Room contains the James Augustine Healy Collection of Modern Irish Literature, with numerous inscribed copies, manuscripts, and holograph letters of William Butler Yeats, Sean O'Casey, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and many 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. Also included is an extensive collection of books by Colby graduates and faculty.
Detailed information about Colby's library collections and services is provided on the Colby World Wide Web site (http://www.colby.edu/library/).
Every effort is made to ensure that this information is correct. If you received conflicting information, have questions, or would like clarification, please contact the Library at 207-872-3276.
Colby is a four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Colby offers undergraduate courses during fall and spring semesters and grants bachelors of arts degrees.