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A valid Bowdoin ID card must be presented to borrow materials from the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Hatch Science Library, Pierce Art Library, or Robert K. Beckwith Music Library.

Summary of Loan Periods

For most books and government documents, loan periods are:
Bowdoin Faculty One year See A More Detailed List of Loan Periods Below
Bowdoin Students Twenty-eight days, with three renewals.

Students registered for Honors Projects or Independent Studies will be able to borrow books for five months.
Bowdoin Staff Six months
Reserve materials, periodicals, display books, audio cassettes, videorecordings, and compact discs circulate for shorter periods of time. Materials in the Art Library and the Language Media Center do not circulate.
Guests Visitors without library cards may use, in-house, the book and periodical collections of the campus libraries; there is no charge for this access.



Library cards are available for a fee of $35.00 per year ($15.00 per year for each additional family member) to adult residents of Brunswick and towns in the immediate vicinity. Applications are available at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will mail the card about one week after the application is received. Once they receive their library card, guest borrowers may use it to borrow circulating books and audiocassettes for two weeks, and dvd’s and videorecordings for one week.

Detailed Information About Loan Periods

Books and government documents may be recalled before their due date for use by another borrower or to be placed on reserve for a class. The original borrower may keep the item for two weeks before it can be recalled for another user, but items may be recalled for reserve at any time. Please check with Circulation at 725-3280 if you have questions about the recall policy.

Visiting Patrons: Please call ahead to confirm availability of Library materials.

  Bowdoin Students Bowdoin
Honors & Ind. Study
Students
Bowdoin Faculty Bowdoin Staff Guest Borrowers Bates & Colby Faculty & Staff NExpress Patrons
Main Library and Science Library Collections 28 days - 3 renewals 5 months - 1 renewal 1 year - unlimited renewals 6 months - 1 renewal 14 days -
1 renewal
1 year -
no renewals
28 days -
3 renewals
Main and Science Library Reserves Usually limited to 2-hour loans Usually limited to 2-hour loans Usually limited to 2-hour loans Usually limited to 2-hour loans Usually limited to 2-hour loans not available not available
Main Library Reserve Videos/DVDs Usually limited to 3-hour loans Usually limited to 3-hour loans Usually limited to 3-hour loans Usually limited to 3-hour loans Usually limited to 3-hour loans not available not available
Reference (Main, Science, and Music Libraries) in-house use only in-house use only in-house use only in-house use only in-house use only not available not available
Main and Science Library Periodicals 3 days - no renewals 3 days - no renewals 3 days - no renewals 3 days - no renewals in-house use only Please request individual articles through your home library's Interlibrary Loan Department. Please request individual articles through your home library's Interlibrary Loan Department.
Main Periodical Index in-house use only in-house use only in-house use only in-house use only in-house use only not available not available
Videos/DVDs (Main Library, Science Library, Music Library) 7 days - one renewal 7 days - one renewal 7 days - one renewal 7 days - one renewal 7 days - one renewal
7 days - no renewals 7 days - no renewals
Main Library Display Alcove / Display Faculty / Children’s Corner 28 days -
1 renewal
28 days -
1 renewal
28 days -
1 renewal
28 days -
1 renewal
14 days -
1 renewal
28 days -
3 renewals
28 days -
3 renewals
Main Library Display Audio 28 days -
1 renewal
28 days -
1 renewal
28 days -
1 renewal
28 days -
1 renewal
14 days -
1 renewal
28 days -
no renewals
28 days -
no renewals
Special Collections & Archives in-house use in-house use in-house use in-house use in-house use in-house use in-house use
Main Microform and Microform Index in-house use in-house use in-house use in-house use in-house use Request through ILL Request through ILL
Government Documents & Science Government Documents 28 days - 3 renewals 1 semester -
1 renewal
1 year -
unlimited renewals
6 months -
1 renewal
14 days -
1 renewal
1 year -
no renewals
28 days -
3 renewals
Art Library in-house use in-house use discuss borrowing needs with Art Librarian discuss borrowing needs with Art Librarian in-house use *7 days
- no renewals*
*7 days - no renewals (Bates & Colby students only; request through MaineCat)*
Language Media Center (Videos/DVDs) in-house use in-house use 7 days - no renewal 7 days - no renewal in-house use *7 days -
no renewals*
*7 days - no renewals*
Music Recording 3 days - no renewal 3 days - no renewal 120 days - 1 renewal 3 days - no renewal in-house use 7 days -
no renewals
7 days -
no renewals
Music and Music Performance 28 days - 3 renewals 1 semester
- 1 renewal
1 year -
unlimited renewals
6 months -
1 renewal
14 days -
1 renewal
1 year -
no renewals
28 days -
3 renewals

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

Items Borrowed Borrowed From Bowdoin Students & Honors Students Bowdoin Faculty Bowdoin Staff
Books, Government Documents, Music Scores Bates & Colby* (Request through either NExpress or MaineCat) 28 days - 3 renewals, 28 days each 1 year - no renewals 1 year - no renewals
Books, Government Documents, Music Scores Other NExpress Libraries 28 days - 3 renewals, 28 days each 28 days - 3 renewals, 28 days each 28 days - 3 renewals, 28 days each
Books, Government Documents, Music Scores Other MaineCat Libraries 28 days – 1 renewal, 14 days 28 days – 1 renewal, 14 days 28 days – 1 renewal, 14 days
Books & other materials not available through NExpress or MaineCat Interlibrary Loan varies varies varies
Audiobooks Bates & Colby (Request through either NExpress or MaineCat) and other NExpress Libraries 28 days - no renewals 28 days - no renewals 28 days - no renewals
Audiobooks Other MaineCat Libraries varies varies varies
Videos/DVDs/CD’s Bates & Colby (Request through either NExpress or MaineCat) and other NExpress Libraries 7 days – no renewals 7 days – no renewals 7 days – no renewals
Videos/DVDs/CD’s Other MaineCat Libraries varies varies varies
Periodical Articles Available through Interlibrary Loan Electronic access Electronic access Electronic access
Special Requests Contact Interlibrary Loan varies varies varies

*Some scores from Colby circulate for only 7 days


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

  For journal articles use:


NExpress
[FAQ]
Request it yourself from a regional partner library; includes CBB
(2-3 days)
 
interlibrary loan
Let our Interlibrary Loan service track it down for you
(3-10 days)
MaineCat
About MaineCat
Request it yourself from a state of Maine partner library; includes CBB
(2-5 days)
   
Interlibrary Loan
[Guidelines]
not available through NExpress or MaineCat? Let our Interlibrary Loan service track it down for you
(5-10 days)
     


Questions?
E-mail staff for 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.
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