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Library Work Perks for Staff and Faculty

What is ILL?

ILL stands for Interlibrary Loan. If our library does not have an item, we should be able to get it for you by borrowing it from another library. The item could come from Bowdoin or Colby, from another Maine library, or a library outside of Maine. When your item arrives, you will receive an e-mail that you can pick up the item from Ladd Library. The ILL services are provided to you for FREE! Please note that items coming from other libraries may have different loan periods/due dates than items owned by Ladd Library.

You can manage your Bates library account by logging into "My CBBcat" located on the upper right of the catalog. To log in click "My CBBcat" and enter your name and Bates ID.

  • You can see items from Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, and MaineCat you have checked out
  • Items you have on hold (meaning you have done a CBB or MaineCat request for the item)
  • You can renew items (before the due date)
  • Cancel holds (if done before the item is in transit)
  • Use other features

If you have done an ILLiad request, you will need to log into ILLiad to see information about item(s) you have requested using ILLiad.

Interlibrary Loan Options

For books, DVDs/videos, sound recordings, etc.


Request it yourself from Colby or Bowdoin via our shared catalog (2-3 days)


Request it yourself from a state of Maine partner; includes CBB (2-5 days)

If it's not available via CBB or MaineCat:


Submit an ILL request and let us track it down for you (3-10 days)

For journal articles or book chapters


First check our journal title search to see if we subscribe

If we don't subscribe in print or electronic:


Search with LibrarySearch+, with the "ADD RESULTS BEYOND THE BATES COLLECTION" box checked. Follow the links to request via ILL.


Submit an interlibrary loan request and let us track it down for you (1-5 days)

CBB Request

If you are searching in our catalog and find an item you'd like, but it is owned by Bowdoin or Colby (with whom we share a catalog as we are a library consortium), simply click the title. Next, click "CBB request" (in the middle of the display). Enter your name and Bates ID. Click "submit".

Please note, if you have requested an item that is available at Bates, your request will be cancelled.

MaineCat Request

If none of the CBB colleges own the item, click the "Search MaineCat" icon located in the box on the right. A list of Maine libraries that own the item will come up. Click "Request This Item" (in the middle/above the list). Choose Bates College as the home library. Click "Submit" above information. Enter your name and Bates ID.

Please note, you will not be able to request something Bates owns via MaineCat.

Bates ILL/ILLiad

If no one in CBB or MaineCat has the item you want, have no fear, Bates ILL is here! Click "Bates ILL" (located in the box on the right). Log in to ILLiad using your Bates login (same as your Bates e-mail). For any physical item (book, CD, DVD, etc.) that you want to borrow, click "Book" (in the menu on the left under New Request). Fill in at least the three required fields. Put something in the required author field even if it's the performer (such as the singer if it's a CD request), company (such as Paramount or MGM for DVDs), etc. Click "Submit Request" at the bottom.