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Colby Library Faculty Resources for Remote Learning: Resources for Spring 2020

Accessing Library Services

To take advantage of Colby Libraries' online resources you need:



Below are important updates. Check back for ongoing updates or contact your subject liason.

3/16/20: Collection Management is working to find replacements as soon as possible for reserve items (either ebooks, streaming videos, or streaming audio where needed). They are also triaging incoming and expected physical orders. Priority will be given to key materials and seniors who need materials. An update on what they have gotten for reserves will be sent later in the week.

3/23/20: Explore NEW resources (click bolded text) and content coming online to support remote learning. 

Setting up the VPN

Some library content is only available via VPN. Instructions for setting up the VPN are here.

Some library resources will require you to verify through Okta with your Colby credentials. Links you may have bookmarked for on-campus use may not prompt you for your credentials- try accessing via the library home page instead. Contact the library if you are having difficulty getting access to resources at


Kara Kugelmeyer will be the point of contact for copyright questions.

For copyright tips for remote learning see our Spring 2020 Copyright guide.

ILL and Document Delivery

ILL requests have been interrupted with library closures throughout the country. Please do not plan on access to ILL materials in the foreseeable future.The library will not be able to deliver physical materials, but will work to fulfill requests for articles and book chapters when possible.  Library liaisons will be in touch with faculty with more information about scanning print documents.

Support from Librarians

The Ask Us service ( will remain open, and allow you to contact librarians via email during normal business hours. You may also reach out to your liaison librarian directly.

Request a Purchase

We will still be purchasing new library books and materials - especially electronic resources and digital resources. You can still suggest a purchase.

Student Guide

We created a guide to help students with off-campus research. Please share as needed.

Library Services That Require Using Colby VPN

The following services require a Colby Internet Protocol address (IP address). Please check back often to see additions and changes to the list.

Library Closed - What That Means

With the libraries closed, no staff or librarians are going into the libraries and everyone is working at home. People do not have access to the collection at this time.

On Campus Library Services

Starting Tuesday March 17th Colby libraries are closed until further notice.

If you have questions please email us at

Any changes to hours will be posted here



Colby Libraries are committed to the continued support of the research and teaching of faculty and students.  Our top priority is to ensure that as many resources and services as possible are accessible remotely.  Visit this page often to check on changes to services, hours and access


How-To Emails

The library has been sending students emails very week, to support remote learning.  Missed them?  You can see them here

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