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.

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

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

Ladd Library does not close for the summer break. Student loan periods do not change during the summer.

The book loan period for underclass students is 28 days. Seniors have 150 day loan period for CBB materials. (Class of 2022 have rolled into the senior loan period privileges as of June 28th.)

You can manage your library account online at

You have to keep track of your due dates and renew them every month until you are done with the material during the summer just like you do during the academic year.

If we (or Bowdoin or Colby) require the materials you have checked out for Fall course preparations or for another patron, you will need to return them, by mail if necessary.

Please contact Brenda Reynolds ( for assistance with any library billing questions.