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Library Work Perks for Staff and Faculty

Check out new books

Check out the latest new books in the CBB collection at CBB New Books & Media.

Follow the 3 step process on the  CBB New Books & Media page to search and/or set up email notifications:

  1. Select  subject(s) or area(s) of interest.
  2. Set additional settings in format and language. If you only want to see new items at Bates, select Bates in the Campus section. Narrow the time frame to 7, 30, or 90 days.
  3. When done selecting preferences, click submit at the bottom of the page for results To set up email notifications, go to the bottom of the page and enter your email address and click subscribe.

Print Books

Search for books as well as ebooks starting on our Library website or using our catalog CBBcat. You may also be interested in the below:

  • Featured Works - When you enter the library look to the right and you will find a bookcase displaying our recently acquired literature. Many of these books are on the New York Times Book Review. Check in periodically to see the new additions and check one out for a weekend read!
  • New Books - We display all our newly acquired books on the wall near the diverse children's books and tv monitor. 
    • or click the new books and media link to see all new books in the CBB libraries!
    • Interested in finding out what faculty have recently published? New and Noteworthy - just to the right when you walk into Ladd.
  • Summer Reading Lists:

Popular materials are generally within D-F and P which are located on the 2nd floor.

English Literature—PR1490-PR6126

  • These books are arranged chronologically, includes novels, and originated in England. For example, Beowulf, will be close to the beginning of the call number range and Harry Potter will be closer to the end of the call number range.

American Literature--PS700-3576

  • These books are arranged chronologically, includes novels, and originated in America. For example, Moby Dick will be closer to the beginning of the call number range and The Hunger Games will be closer to the end of the call number range.

WORLD HISTORY AND HISTORY OF EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, ETC. -- D

HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS -- E

HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS  -- F

If looking for other topics such as art, photography, cooking, children's or young adult, or any other topics check out the Hobbies tab! Or just search the catalog!

When you are looking for a print book in our library, always start with the top line of the call number.  Remember, books are arranged alphabetically by this top line. For example, all BR numbers are together, after BP and before BS, and all B’s come after all combinations of A and before all combinations of C, like this:

B . . . BP, BR, BS, . . . C, CA, CB . . .

When books have identical letter lines, look to the number line next. Books are ordered using whole numbers on this line. For example:

Example of call number order: F3, F21, F221, F2021, F3021

When the top two lines are identical, look to the third line. Books are first ordered alphabetically; books with the same letter in the third line are then arranged by decimal number (not whole number.) The following call numbers are in correct order:

Example of call number order: PN70 .P441, PN6231 .E29, PN6231 .E295, PN6231 .F44

When the top three lines are identical, look to the fourth line. If it contains a letter followed by numbers, items are organized by letter and, within each letter, by decimal number. (Note that this works just like the line above it, treating the numbers as a decimal even though there is no visible decimal point.) The following call numbers are in correct order:

Example of call number order: QE862 .D5 L22, QE862 .D5 L4571, QE862 .D5 L461, QE862 .D5 M37

Multiple editions of a book will have the same call number, except for the last line, which will be the year of publication. Later years are shelved after earlier ones.

Some call numbers will include lines at the bottom to describe the volume, issue or part of the larger publication. These are shelved in alphabetical or numerical order, whichever is used. The following example is in correct order:

Example of call number order: QK115 .R538 v.2 pt.2, QK115 .R538 v.3 pt.1, QK115 .R538 v.3 pt.2

*Adapted from the University Michigan Libraries - Library of Congress Call Numbers LibGuide.

Electronic Books and Audiobooks

Below are some of our ebook offerings but you can also search CBBcat:

Note: Audiobooks are available from Download Library (link below). Ladd Library does not collect audiobooks on CD, but you may request CD audiobook from Colby and Bowdoin.