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 don’t be afraid to Ask Us!

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.

Course Reserves

You can place required readings on reserve at any library for short-term loan to students. Find out more here. * Note for Fall Semester 2020 there are no physical reserves in the library.

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. *Note the Davis Classroom is not available for faculty or student use during the fall semester 2020.


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.

Departmental Delivery of Books for Faculty

* Note for Fall Semester 2020 some services may be disrupted. 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 (ana.noriega@colby.edu, 207.859.5142).

Suggest a Purchase

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