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Services for Guests

Visitors without library cards may use, in-house, the collections of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library (including the Government Documents Collection), the Hatch Science Library, the William Curtis Pierce Art Library, the Beckwith Music Library, and the Media Commons; there is no charge for this access.

Visitors should feel free to direct inquiries about collections and services to library staff.

Accessibility services.

Most Library computers require a Bowdoin password, but several computers are available for guests to use for research and Internet access.  Guests are requested to limit Library computer use to one-half hour; during this time, they may be asked to defer to a Bowdoin student.  Because of the high demand for computers, we ask that they not be used for chatting and games. Guests accessing U.S. Government Documents online are not subject to the one-half hour restriction.

Visitors with their own laptop computers may borrow a cable at the Circulation Desk to connect to the Internet, or may use the College's wireless network .

All the electronic resources available through the Bowdoin Library web site (such as electronic journals, e-books and databases) may be used by anyone on site in Hawthorne-Longfellow or the branch libraries. Because of licensing restrictions, these resources are available from off campus ONLY to current Bowdoin students, faculty and staff members. Guest borrowers may access a variety of databases through Maine Digital Library, Maine’s virtual library. Maine Digital Library is available to Maine residents at no charge, and may be accessed through your home computer.

Adult residents of Brunswick and local towns are eligible to apply for borrowing privileges for a fee of $35 per year. Additional adult family members in the same household may apply for a card for $15. Application may be made at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library Circulation Desk.

Bowdoin alumni, members of the Association of Bowdoin Friends (207-725-3253), and immediate family members (spouse/partner and children) of Bowdoin faculty and staff may obtain complimentary Guest Borrower cards.  Please apply for the library card at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library Circulation Desk.

A barcoded library card is issued through the mail upon approval of the application. It is valid only for the person to whom it is issued, and that person is responsible for all materials checked out on the card. The card is valid for one year (or for Bowdoin Friends, until the expiration of Friends’ membership). Please keep the library card if you expect to renew it in future years.

All library users are asked to handle library materials with care. The Guest Borrower card does not entitle the bearer to interlibrary loan or other specialized services reserved for members of the College.

The Library reserves the right to revoke a card for violations of library policies.

A Guest Borrower card is valid for one year from date of issue (or for Bowdoin Friends, until the expiration of Friends’ membership). The Library card may be renewed at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library Circulation Desk; please bring the expired card in for renewal. Outstanding fees must be paid before a card may be renewed.

Books and Government Documents may be checked out at the Circulation Desk of Hawthorne-Longfellow, Hatch Science Library, and the Music Library. The Guest Borrower card must be presented to check out a book. The loan period is two weeks, but books are subject to immediate recall at any time. DVDs and videos may be used at viewing stations in the Library.

Periodicals do not circulate to Guest Borrowers.

The collections of the Art Library and the Media Commons, and recordings at the Music Library, must be used in-house.

Guest borrowers may renew books once, for an additional two-week period. This may be done in person or by calling the Circulation Desk.

Books may be renewed before they are due; the new due date will be calculated at two weeks from the original due date.

Renewal is not allowed for a book on which a hold has been placed.

The charge for overdue books is $.25 per day, per book. A notice for an overdue book usually is mailed as a courtesy, but non-receipt of notification does not remove the responsibility of the borrower for overdue charges.

Lost books should be reported to the Circulation Department promptly; overdue charges will accrue until the loss is recorded.

For a lost book, the Library will charge the replacement price plus $25.00 for ordering and cataloging if the book is in print. For an out of print book, the Library will charge $55.00, plus the $25.00 processing fee.

Payment of any charges, or questions regarding fees, lost books, or other problems should be addressed to a Circulation staff member in person or by phone at 725-3280. Student employees are not authorized to collect money.

Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, the Music Library, the Science Library and the Art Library have self-service printers and photocopiers operated by the OneCard system. A OneCard vending unit is located in Hawthorne-Longfellow, near the photocopy machines. The OneCard unit dispenses blank copy cards for the use of guest patrons. The blank cards cost $1.00 and must be programmed with additional cash value for printing and making copies. “Swipe” the OneCard at the print release station to obtain printing and copying.

When sending a print job to the printers, guests must enter their OneCard number in the “username” field. Example: Guest12345

Charges are as follows, showing the cost for a single-sided/double-sided printout or photocopy.  The default on public printers is to print double-sided.

  • Printing: black & white:  $.08/.12; color: $.45/.68
  • Photocopying:  black & white: $.05/.10; color: $.30/.60
  • Microform copying:  $.15/page (or from microfilm scanner, same as printing)

Circulation Desk staff can provide change for bills up to $10, and will also provide assistance with the machines.

The print and microform copiers, as well as other library services and equipment, are primarily for the use of members of the College.

Circulation: 725-3280
Reference: 725-3227
Special Collections: 725-3288
Archives: 725-3096
Beckwith Music Library: 725-3570
Pierce Art Library: 725-3690
Media Commons: 725-3702
Hatch Science Library: 725-3004
Government Documents Collection: 725-3298

Guests who are auditing a Bowdoin class may apply for a library card as described above. Further information about policies for auditors is posted at the Registrar's Office .