Welcome! Whether you are on campus or online, the Colby Libraries are here to serve you.

On Campus


We are always happy to welcome alumni back to campus, and hope you will stop by one of our three Libraries and our Special Collections. To borrow materials from our collections, please stop by any library service desk to apply for an alumni library card.

Miller Library: Brewster Reading Room


Miller Library

Iconic Miller Library, at the heart of campus, houses materials in the social sciences and humanities. During your visit, be sure to see the beautifully restored Brewster Reading Room, with with its wonderful view of hills to the east.


Special Collections

Miller Library is also home to Special Collections, which is partnered with the Libraries’ digital production workshop to increase availability of their unique holdings.  Explore the rich List of Manuscript Collections and enjoy multi modal electronic access to portions of the Wesley McNair Collection. Learn more about their Services to Alumni.   


Bixler Art & Music Library

Adjacent to the museum, Bixler Art & Music Library includes collections and services tailored to the needs of the art, music, museum, and theater programs.


Science Library

The Science Library, located in Olin Science Center, supports the sciences and environmental studies.

 

Online


Databases

We are pleased to offer Colby alumni the following online resources.

  • Use your special alumni login to access journals in JSTOR and Project Muse. Note: access includes all journals, and selected books.
  • RefWorks, an online tool designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
  • Alumni must first register with the College’s Alumni DirectoryAlumni site.

 

Digital Commons@Colby

Explore this online collection of work produced at Colby College, including:

  • Colby Quarterly, published from 1943 to 2003, which documented gifts to Special Collections in its early years, and later developed into a respected journal devoted to English and Classical literature.
  • Colby Histories by Whittemore, Marriner, and Earl Smith, whose volume covers years through the early 2000s.
  •  Student Research, including hundreds of Honors Theses and Senior Scholar Projects.
  • Most of the last 140 years of Course Catalogues.
  • Colby Photos, digitized from the huge collection of prints curated in Special Collections
  • The Colby Echos archive containing issues from 1877 through 2006.

 

Contacts

Karen Gillum

Karen Gillum, Humanities Librarian