Welcome to Colby!

This page will help orient you to the library services for Colby faculty and staff members, especially as regards research and teaching.

We’re here to help, so please Ask Us!

NOTE: The process for course reserves managed by the library has changed for the   
 fall semester 2021.    Please visit https://libguides.colby.edu/reserves to learn more.

Getting Started

  • 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. * Note during the pandemic some services may be impacted.
  • Set up an interlibrary loan account to borrow books from other libraries. * Note during the pandemic some services may be impacted.
  • Contact your subject librarian to learn how the library can help with your research and teaching.
  • Use this form to request books, ebooks, films for purchase, or contact your subject specialist(s).

Instructional Support

Reference and Instructional Support


Subject specialists can collaborate with you to support your classes and research. Examples of when to contact us include if you:

  • Want to provide your class or students with research consultations and library instruction. Click here to learn more.
  • Would like to offer asynchronous modules to support your course’s research projects
  • Would like feedback on research assignments
  • Are interested in us sending announcements about library services and relevant programs or events to the class
  • Want support locating or using a resource

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.

NOTE:  Special Collections & Archives is open only by appointment to the Colby College Community. To make an appointment email them at s[email protected] or call them at 207-859-5150.

Course Reserves

You can place required readings on reserve at any library for short-term loan to students. Find out more here.

Library Classrooms

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.

Research Support

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.


Borrowing Privileges

Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin

You can easily borrow books from Colby, Bates, or Bowdoin (CBB) using our shared catalog at CBBcat.net. Your borrowing privileges include:

  • 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


If materials are not available locally, use the sidebar links on our catalog to request them from MaineCat, which give us access to books from other Maine libraries. See our borrowing guidelines for more details.


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.

Interlibrary Loan

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.

Suggest a Purchase

Use this form to request books, ebooks, films for purchase, or contact your subject specialist(s).