Welcome to Colby! This page will orient you to the library services for Colby faculty and staff members, especially as regards research and teaching. We’re here to help, so don’t be afraid to get in contact with us!
To get started, know that you can:
- Use your Colby Card to borrow books and other items at any library, or to pay for photocopies or library fines.
- Check your account or renew books in your online library account using your Colby username and password.
- Request books online for delivery to your department.
- Set up an interlibrary loan account to borrow books from other libraries.
- Contact your subject librarian to learn how the library can help with your research and teaching.
Reference and Instructional Support
Seven faculty librarians specialize in reference and outreach across campus. The librarian in your subject area can:
- respond to reference questions by phone, email, or in person.
- consult with you or your students to locate research materials.
- provide library instruction in searching databases, evaluating materials, & managing citations.
- Click here to learn more.
Special Collections: Teaching with Archives
The librarians in Special Collections run archival labs to train students in use of primary sources and archival materials. Find out what Special Collections offers our faculty here.
You can place required readings on reserve at any library for short-term loan to students. Find out more here.
You may reserve the Bixler Media Lab (in Bixler) or Davis Classroom (in Miller) for one-off library instruction or interactive instruction sessions with your students. Find out more about reserving these computer labs here.
The librarians are happy to consult with any faculty member on their research needs and library-related workflow. Email us to set up a time to meet and discuss:
- Copyright for books or materials used in your class.
- Open access and maintaining copyright on your scholarship.
- Digitizing or managing your research data and fieldnotes.
- Using Citation Alerts to get notifications of new research in your field.
- Managing your citations in Endnote, Refworks, Mendeley, or Zotero.
- Browsing the latest issues of top journals with Browzine.
- Writing data management plans for external grant applications.
Discover additional resources available through the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs
Research Assistant Cards
Have a student research assistant who will be ordering or borrowing books for you? Find out how to get them an assistant card here.
Local Materials: Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin
- 365 day loans for CBB books and government documents
- 120 day loans for CBB sound recordings
- 28 day loans for CBB audiobooks
- 7 day loans for CBB periodicals, multimedia, maps, and videos
Regional Materials: MaineCat, NExpress, and Connect NY
If materials are not available locally, use the sidebar links on our catalog to request them from MaineCat, NExpress or Connect NY. These are library consortia which give us access to books from Maine and regional colleges like Middlebury, Wellesley, Williams, Hamilton, Bard, and Vassar. Regional materials can be borrowed for 28 days; see our borrowing guidelines for more details.
World Materials: WorldCat
WorldCat is an international catalog of books at libraries across US public and academic institutions, as well as public and academic universities worldwide. If you can’t find things locally or regionally, you may well be able to find a book’s record in WorldCat.
If we still don’t have what you’re looking for, you may request books, articles, and book chapters through interlibrary loan. Read more here.
Departmental Delivery of Books for Faculty
Use CBBcat Request on any book’s record in our catalog to have books from Miller, Bixler, Olin, or the Storage Facility delivered directly to your department. Campus Delivery delivers books to academic secretaries every weekday when classes are in session, by 3:30pm. If the secretary’s office is closed, items will be delivered the next day.
We retrieve books from the storage facility three times a day, seven days a week, and deliver them daily to your department. Contact Ana Noriega, Assistant Director for Collections Management, if you do not want items delivered and instead would like to pick them up at the library (email@example.com, 207.859.5142).