Returning library materials

In accordance with COVID-19 campus policy, Ladd Library is open via card access to the Bates community only. Masks are required in all spaces within the building.

All Bates emeriti and current faculty, retirees and current staff, alumni and current students are welcome to visit the building in person.

The general public may contact Research Librarians via email or chat to discuss research needs.

2021 Seniors have been billed replacement costs for all materials checked out. Underclass students have been billed replacement costs for items more than 3 weeks overdue.

Replacement cost will be refunded in full for each item returned, unless damaged or otherwise unusable.


Returns can be put in our book drop, available 24/7.

  • The first book drop is located at the front entrance, inside the exterior set of doors, in the glass wall to the left.
  • The second book drop is located outside at our shipping/receiving door (facing Hedge and Roger Williams). It’s a huge black book drop which somehow manages to visually disappear.
  • Chromebooks may be returned in the media slot of the drop boxes if the building is closed.

Materials can also be returned to the library by library or media mail:

Ladd Library Bates College
48 Campus Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240-6087


The library is open 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday during the summer. We are processing credits each work day.

Please contact Brenda Reynolds (breynold@bates.edu) for assistance with any library billing questions.