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Library Catalogs

Use these catalogs - in the order given - to identify and access books and more...

  1. CBBcat
    The library catalog shared by Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges. Request materials from Colby or Bates using "CBB Request". To locate books within Bowdoin Library, limit your search to just Bowdoin materials; make a note of the location and call number. Access to e-books labelled "Colby Access" or "Bates Access" but not "Bowdoin Access" are not accessible from Bowdoin. Help
  2. MaineCat
    Database of the holdings of academic and public libraries in Maine. MaineCat can also be searched using a button within CBBcat. Request using "Request This Item". About | List of MaineCat libraries
  3. WorldCat
    Extremely large joint catalog of holdings of libraries, primarily in the U.S. Before requesting, use WorldCat's "Find it @ Bowdoin" to determine whether the material is accessible via CBBcat or MaineCat. If not, use "Request this book via Interlibrary Loan".

How to Find ...

books and e-books, videos, music scores, sound recordings, magazines and journals,* newspapers,* some government documents, and more

 *To find articles in journals, magazines, or newspapers, please see "Finding and requesting articles".

Full-text E-books

E-books that the Library has purchased are available through CBBcat. The library has also purchased several collections of e-books available through our list of Databases, including ebrary, Oxford Scholarship Online, and e-books and journals via SpringerLink; books in these collections are also in CBBcat. More on E-Books @ Bowdoin.

Other sources for e-books:

HathiTrust
Over 3.7 billion pages from almost 6 million book titles and almost 300,000 serial titles

Internet Archive
"includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages"

Google Books

Borrow from Beyond Bowdoin

When these items are not available in CBBcat at Bowdoin, Colby, or Bates, search MaineCat to determine whether the book you want is available there. If so, click on "request this item." If not, the next option is Interlibrary Loan. Through Interlibrary Loan, you have access to books and more from libraries across the U.S. and in some foreign countries.

You can discover books and more through WorldCat. Before requesting through WorldCat, use WorldCat's "Find it @ Bowdoin" to determine whether the material is accessible via CBBcat or MaineCat. If not, use "Request this book via Interlibrary Loan".

To use Interlibrary Loan, you must first register with the system and set up a user name and password. Then fill out a form with information identifying your book or article. (You do not need to know which library has the item you want; the Interlibrary Loan department finds a holding library on your behalf.) Books travel to Bowdoin in hard copy, usually within 5-10 working days. You will be notified when the materials arrive.

Borrow From Bowdoin and Beyond summarizes these options.