Eligible Borrowers

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

COA Community Members - students, faculty, staff, trustees, Champlain Society Members and family members of all the preceding; local (Hancock County) COA alumni

MDI residents - year round and summer residents of MDI

Employees of Affiliated Organizations - employees of Acadia National Park, Jackson Lab, MDIBL, MDI Hospital; Hancock County school administrators; University of Maine students and faculty

Researchers - researchers affiliated with a local research group; researchers that have a letter of introduction if not associated with a local research group

Children & Young Adults - Young adults 10-17 years may have their own library card with a parent or guardian’s signature (the parent must be an eligible borrower).  Normal library rules apply.  Individuals younger than 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult and may borrow on their guardian or parent’s library card.

Circulation Periods

Item Check Out Period # of Items that can be checked out


 3 weeks


 DVDs, Videos, Music CDs

 3 days

3 of each

 Foreign Language Tapes

 3 weeks


 Books on Tape

 3 weeks


 Audio-visual Equipment



Reference Books, Journals, Law  Collection, Newspapers, Archives & Special Collections, print materials in the COA Collection




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

Recalls and Holds

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


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.