For Students

Special Collections is the repository for Colby’s rare books, literary manuscripts and college archives. Our rich and deeply-interconnected collections span seven centuries and feature an extensive range of two and three -dimensional formats. These compelling materials are here for you to explore and enjoy!

Special Collections takes a hands-on approach to archival exploration. We encourage students – and all of our patrons – to responsibly handle our treasures in order to better comprehend them. We believe Colby students in particular should experience the excitement of handling the college’s culturally-significant materials that are very old, rare or unique.

While you may come to Special Collections during an archival lab, please remember: we strongly encourage and support individual student research using our fascinating materials, which provide opportunities for original scholarship. And, we can support a wide range of final presentations, from web sites and performance to the more traditional scholarly paper.