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Borrow From Bowdoin & Beyond

The Library offers rich collections of print and electronic resources, including over one million print volumes and tens of thousands of e-books and e-journals. E-resources are available to the Bowdoin community from locations on and off-campus, but require authentication (using your campus username and password) for off-campus use. Physical items may be checked out from the circulation desk at Hawthorne-Longfellow Library or one of four branch libraries using your campus ID. We welcome faculty and staff requests for digital delivery of articles and book chapters and retrieval of print items from our stacks.

To supplement our collections, we offer a variety of delivery services to ensure extensive and timely access to a wide array of resources. The Request Items tab below describes each service and provides information to help you choose the best option. Please see the Loan Periods tab for check-out and renewal periods for Bowdoin and non-Bowdoin items.

Choose your affiliation

Students:

  Loan Period Renewals
Bowdoin Materials    
Books, Gov. Docs, Scores—Main/Science/Music 28 days* 4
Books, Gov. Docs, Scores—Main/Science/Music for Seniors & Honors Students 150 days* 1
Display Alcove, Children’s Corner, Audiobooks—Main 28 days 1
Videos/DVDs—Main/Science/Music 7 days 1
Periodicals—Main/Science 7 days none
Music Recordings 7 days none
Reserves—Main/Science 2 hours (may vary) 1 (varies)
Video/DVD Reserves—Main/Science 3 hours none
Reference Materials—Main/Science/Music In-house use only  
Special Collections and Archives In-house use only  
Microform and Microform Index—Main In-house use only  
Art Library In-house use only  
Videos/DVDs—Language Media Center In-house use only  
     
Non-Bowdoin Materials    
Bates/Colby—Books, Gov. Docs, Music Scores 28 days 4
Bates/Colby—Books, Gov. Docs, Music Scores for Seniors & Honors Students 150 days 1
Bates/Colby—Audiobooks 28 days 1
Bates/Colby—Videos/DVDs/CDs 7 days none
Bates/Colby—Periodicals 7 days none
Bates/Colby—Music Recordings 7 days none
NExpress—Books, Gov. Docs, Music Scores 28 days 3
NExpress—Audiobooks 28 days none
NExpress—Videos/DVDs/CDs 7 days none
MaineCat—Books, Gov. Docs, Music Scores 28 days 1 (14 days only)
MaineCat—Audiobooks Varies  
MaineCat—Videos/DVDs/CDs Varies  
ILL—Periodical Articles Electronic Access  
ILL—All Other Materials Varies  

Faculty & Staff:

  Loan Period Renewals
Bowdoin Materials    
Books, Gov. Docs, Scores—Main/Science/Music 1 year unlimited
Display Alcove, Children’s Corner, Audiobooks—Main 28 days 1
Videos/DVDs—Main/Science/Music 7 days 1
Periodicals—Main/Science 7 days none
Music Recordings 120 days 1
Reserves—Main/Science 2 hours (may vary) 1 (varies)
Video/DVD Reserves—Main/Science 3 hours none
Reference Materials—Main/Science/Music In-house use only  
Special Collections and Archives In-house use only  
Microform and Microform Index—Main In-house use only  
Art Library In-house use only  
Videos/DVDs—Language Media Center 7 days none
     
Non-Bowdoin Materials    
Bates/Colby—Books, Gov. Docs, Music Scores 1 year 2
Bates/Colby—Audiobooks 28 days 1
Bates/Colby—Videos/DVDs/CDs 7 days none
Bates/Colby—Periodicals 7 days none
Bates—Music Recordings 30 days 5
Colby—Music Recordings 120 days 1
NExpress—Books, Gov. Docs, Music Scores 28 days 3
NExpress—Audiobooks 28 days none
NExpress—Videos/DVDs/CDs 7 days none
MaineCat—Books, Gov. Docs, Music Scores 28 days 1 (14 days only)
MaineCat—Audiobooks Varies  
MaineCat—Videos/DVDs/CDs Varies  
ILL—Periodical Articles Electronic Access  
ILL—All Other Materials Varies  

Guests:

  Loan Period Renewals
Bowdoin Materials    
Books, Gov. Docs, Scores—Main/Science/Music 14 days* 1
Display Alcove, Children’s Corner, Audiobooks—Main 14 days 1
Videos/DVDs—Main/Science/Music 7 days 1
Periodicals—Main/Science In-house use only
Music Recordings In-house use only
Reserves—Main/Science Usually limited to 2 hours
Video/DVD Reserves—Main/Science Usually limited to 3 hours
Reference Materials—Main/Science/Music In-house use only  
Special Collections and Archives In-house use only  
Microform and Microform Index—Main In-house use only  
Art Library In-house use only  
Videos/DVDs—Language Media Center In-house use only  
     

* These materials may come from restricted collections. Please call ahead to confirm availability.


For books, dissertations, DVDs/videos, sound recordings, etc. use:

  For journal articles use:


CBBcat
[About]
Request it yourself from the Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin catalog
(2-3 days)
 
interlibrary loan
Let our Interlibrary Loan service track it down for you
(3-10 days)
NExpress
[FAQ]
Request it yourself from a regional partner library; includes CBB
(2-3 days)
   

Faculty and Staff Delivery of Bowdoin-held Materials:
MaineCat
[About]
Request it yourself from a state of Maine partner library; includes CBB
(2-5 days)
  Digital Delivery
[About]
Request digital delivery of an article or book chapter held by Bowdoin via Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan
Not available through CBBcat, NExpress, or MaineCat? Let our Interlibrary Loan service track it down for you
(5-10 days)
  Print Delivery
[About]
Place a hold in CBBcat on a Bowdoin-held print item for pick-up at the H-L Library circulation desk


Questions?
E-mail staff for CBBcat, NExpress, MaineCat, or Interlibrary Loan; call 725-3227; or visit Ask Us.

Charges to students are not collected at the Library but are recorded at the Bursar’s Office for inclusion in billing by the College. Charges are made as follows:

  • Reserve books:
    • 50₵ per hour for the first six hours past due
    • 25₵ for each subsequent hour the Library is open
    • After the first day, the charge is at least $3.00 per day
    • $1.00 per hour for overdue laptops borrowed from the Reserve Desk
  • Books with one-month loan periods, DVDs & Videos, Audiobooks, Recalled Books, Periodicals & Interlibrary Loans:
    • $1.00 per day
  • Replacement Charges:
    • Materials that are extremely overdue will be billed for replacement costs plus a $25.00 processing fee, plus any applicable overdue fines. “Overdue” can range from just a few days for a Reserve item, up to one month for a regular checked-out book.
    • Charges for lost materials belonging to non-Bowdoin libraries will vary.
    • Please report lost items to the Circulation Desk as soon as possible; to avoid accruing overdue fines.