The Colby College Libraries offer a wide array of services and materials for those affiliated with the College, as well as for community members. The information below details borrowing and renewing materials. Colby students, faculty and staff may also request materials from other libraries via our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

Colby-Affiliates

What do I need to check materials out of the library?

Your Colby Card

What can I check out?

  • Books, Scores, Government Documents
    • Seniors: 5 months, 1 renewal
    • all others: 28 days, 4 renewals
  • Periodicals, DVDs, Sound Recordings – 7 days, no renewal
  • Audiobooks – 28 days, 1 renewal

How do I renew it?

If your item can be renewed, either bring it to the library service desk for renewal or log in your library account and renew it online. Please note you will need to enter the number on the back of your Colby Card, only the numbers ignoring the A & B. A2503100*******B.

How do I request non-Colby items?

Use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service

What do I need to check materials out of the library?

  • Faculty/Staff – Your Colby Card
  • Spouse/Partner – your Colby Card or Blue Paper Colby Library Card

What can I check out?

  • Books, Scores, Government Documents – 1 year, 2 renewals
  • Periodicals, DVDs, – 7 days, no renewals
  • Sound Recordings – 120 days, 1 renewal
  • Audiobooks – 28 days, 1 renewal

How do I renew it?

If your item can be renewed, you can either bring it to the library service desk for renewal or access your library account from the Colby Library homepage and renew it online. Please note you will need to enter the number of the back of your Colby Card, only the numbers between the A & B. Example: A2503100*******B.

How do I request non-Colby items?

Use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service

What do I need to check materials out of the library?

Your research assistant card. Find out how to get a research assistant card here.

What can I check out?

Books and other materials that you are borrowing on behalf of a faculty member, as part of their research project.

How do I renew it?

Come to the library; your research assistant card will expire on the last day of classes in May, or on August 15 for summer assistants.

How do I request non-Colby items?

Use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service

What do I need to check materials out of the library?

A courtesy card for alumni, which you can obtain with two forms of identification, one including a current mailing address, and an application available at our service desk.

What can I check out?

You can borrow six items at a time.

  • Books, Government Documents – 28 days, 1 renewal
  • Periodicals – 7 days
  • Reference, DVDs, audio, and maps – in library use only

How do I renew it?

If your item can be renewed, bring it to the library service desk for renewal.

Can I request non-Colby items?

No, our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service is limited to current students, faculty and staff. Contact your local library to see if they offer interlibrary loan.

What are “Qualified Colby Special Programs”?

Lancaster Course, Museum Docents, and the Atlantic Music Festival

What do I need to check materials out of the library?

A courtesy card, which you can obtain with two forms of identification, one including a current mailing address, and an application available at our service desk.

What can I check out?

You can borrow six items at a time.

  • Books, Government Documents – 28 days, 1 renewal
  • Periodicals – 7 days
  • Reference, video/DVDs, audio, maps, and sound recordings – in library use only

How do I renew it?

If your item can be renewed, bring it to the library service desk for renewal.

Can I request non-Colby items?

No, our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service is limited to current students, faculty and staff. Contact your local library to see if they offer interlibrary loan.

Non-Colby Borrowers

What do I need to check materials out of the library?

Year-round adult residents of Maine can obtain a courtesy card with two forms of identification, one including a current mailing address; and an application available at our service desk. Annual fee of $20.00.

What can I check out?

You can borrow one item at a time.

  • Books, Government Documents – 28 days, 1 renewal
  • Periodicals – 7 days
  • Reference, video/DVDs, audio, maps, and sound recordings – in library use only

How do I renew it?

If your item can be renewed, bring it to the library service desk for renewal.

What do I need to check materials out of the library?

Waterville Public Library cardholders or others with Maine InfoNet-affiliated library cards may use their cards to borrow materials from the Colby Libraries. Students, faculty, and staff from Bates, Bowdoin, Wellesley, Williams, and Middlebury may also use their campus library card to borrow materials from Colby.

What can I check out?

Bates and Bowdoin users should have comparable access to  Colby faculty, staff, and students.

Maine InfoNet card holders can borrow books for 28 days, with one 14 day renewal.

NExpress/ConnectNY card holders can borrow books for 28 days, with 3 renewals.

How do I renew it?

One renewal is allowed for books and government documents. If your item can be renewed, bring it to the library service desk for renewal.