College of the Atlantic community members, MDI residents, employees of affiliated organizations, and researchers are eligible to check out circulating materials.  See details about eligible borrowers.

Circulation Periods
Item Check out period          

# of items that
can be checked out

Books 3 weeks unlimited
DVDs, VHS, CDs 3 days 3 of each
Language Learning Collection 3 weeks unlimited
Audiobooks 3 weeks unlimited
A/V equipment varies N/A
Reference, Journals, Newspapers, Atlases       non-circulating        N/A
Recalls and Holds

Items may be recalled after two weeks.  Currently we do not put holds on items.


Most items with a 3 week loan may be renewed.  AV equipment, laptops, and items on course reserve require special permission to be renewed.


There is a book drop with 24-hour access available outside the front door to Kaelber Hall. During library hours, items can be returned at the circulation desk.


The library does not charge late fees.  However, no additional library items may be checked out until issues concerning overdue items are resolved.  One overdue notice is sent promptly for each overdue item.  If the item is not returned or renewed, a bill for the replacement cost of missing or damaged material(s) plus a $10 processing fee will follow.  A bill is sent 7 days after the overdue notice for videos, CD’s and reserves and 30 days later for all other materials.  Lost CD and DVD cases result in a $10 replacement fee.  The entire COA community appreciates your efforts to return materials in good condition and in a timely manner.