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

NOTE: For Fall Semester 2020 due to the pandemic visitors will be unable to physically access the libraries. Please contact your local public library to see if they have access to any of the materials you are seeking.

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.



Digital [email protected]

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 Echo‘s archive containing issues from 1877 through 2006.


Karen Gillum

Karen Gillum, Humanities Librarian