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Colby’s libraries—Miller Library, the Art and Music Library, and the Science Library—have a rich collection of books, e-books, electronic and print journals, digital research collections, music scores, sound recordings, videos/DVDs, and manuscripts. Computer labs, wireless networks, laptops, study areas, and a digital media lab are available for student use in all three facilities.
Miller Library houses the humanities and social science collections, the College archives, and Special Collections. The lowest level in Miller, known as The Street, contains a computer lab and individual and group study space that is open 24 hours a day. The Bixler Art and Music Library features an extensive collection of art and music books, journals, sound recordings, music scores, and a digital media lab. The Science Library houses books, journals, videos, and topographic maps that support programs in the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics.
In strong support of the curriculum, the libraries provide easy access to more than 900,000 items including more than 300 electronic indexes, 515 currently received print journals, 401,000 electronic books, more than 56,000 electronic journals, many extensive runs of periodicals, and domestic and international daily newspapers. The Colby libraries also are a repository for U.S. and Maine state documents.
As a member of the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin consortium and MaineCat, Colby provides access to a catalog of more than eight million items and six-day-a-week courier service from libraries in Maine. NExpress, comprising Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Northeastern, Wellesley, and Williams, provides additional access to research materials. Reference librarians and interlibrary loan staff help identify and obtain additional resources. Twelve professional librarians provide research assistance to students, faculty, and outside researchers. 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.
The John and Catherine Healy Memorial Room contains the James Augustine Healy Collection of Modern Irish Literature, with inscribed copies, manuscripts, and holograph letters of William Butler Yeats, Sean O'Casey, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and 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. The archives include an extensive collection of books by Colby graduates and faculty members.
Detailed information about Colby's library collections, services, and hours is provided on the Web at www.colby.edu/library/.