SS7729418_7729418_569051Special Collections welcomes visiting scholars to Colby to conduct research in our collections.

If our holdings contain materials relevant to your research and you would like to visit, please contact us to discuss the nature of your research and the types of materials you would like to see. Many of our finding aids and collection descriptions are available online; however, many collections are not represented, so please do not hesitate to contact us so we can better assist you.

In some cases, we can provide digital scans of materials that we can send to you to streamline your research. In many cases, however, it will be necessary to visit us in person. When on site, we encourage the use of digital cameras for creating personal reference copies. We can also provide scans of requested materials.

If you are traveling from a distance to use our collections, options for lodging on and off campus are available. For extended research visits, scheduling a visit during the summer (June-August) or over winter break (December-January) is preferable.

When planning your visit, please note that we are open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

How to Get Here

Directions to campus

Campus map

Local information

Logan Airport (Boston) and Portland (Maine) International Jetport are the airports most often used to get to Colby. Bus service to central Maine is available from both airports.


Local accommodation options are listed here.

Many researchers stay at the Hampton Inn or the Pleasant Street Bed and Breakfast.

If you are interested in staying on campus during the summer or winter break, we can make arrangements for you through our Scheduling Office.


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